An easy 6-mile (10 km) journey by car, bus or bike from downtown, you’ll find this charming east Portland neighborhood. Follow our guide to the best things to do, eat and explore in Montavilla.
Start your day with a mug of Stumptown Coffee and a freshly frosted cupcake at this family-friendly café. An ever-rotating menu of mini cupcakes includes seasonal flavors, like late summer peach, pink champagne, wintery horchata and butternut sage.
Striving to make a uniquely Portland fashion statement? Look no further than Union Rose, a women’s boutique stocked exclusively with locally made wares. The shop carries clothing, jewelry, body products and home goods crafted by more than 60 independent artists and designers.
Founded as a deli counter in 1999, Ya Hala has grown to become one of the city’s most beloved Middle Eastern restaurants. (It’s also one of the most beautiful.) A lengthy lunch menu boasts traditional Lebanese dishes like zaatar, fatoush, shawarma and soujouk. Vegan and gluten-free options are clearly indicated.
New parents (and parents-to-be) won’t want to miss this environmentally conscious baby store. EcoBaby offers natural, eco-friendly and sustainable baby products like wooden toys, non-toxic teethers and organic cotton pajamas.
If your kiddos have aged out of teething rings, stop by Beanstalk to pick up a new toy or dress-up item. This family-owned business offers cute consignment clothing, pre-loved books and games, and top-notch trikes, diaper bags and strollers.
A precious hidden gem, East Glisan Pizza Lounge is a favorite Montavilla hangout for folks of all tastes and diets. Start your evening with an order of pepperoni rolls or chickpea fritters, then chow down on a large pie. Pizza toppings include broccoli rapini, roasted eggplant, house-made pork meatballs or vegan fennel sausage on a polenta crust.
Originally opened in 1948, this historic theater underwent a full-scale remodel in 2006, including a restoration of the lobby’s glittering two-story metallic dome. Tickets to second-run flicks cost a mere $4 for adults. Parents can purchase tickets for their children for $3 each, or drop them off in the babysitting room for $9.50. (Call ahead to reserve a spot.) A stellar concession stand offers 10 microbrews on tap, plus pizza and sushi from nearby Flying Pie and Miyamoto.
Sweeten your evening with a slice of handmade pie at this Montavilla neighborhood gathering place. Open until at least 9 p.m. nightly, the café serves up hot drinks from Water Avenue Coffee and Tao of Tea and a rotating assortment of made-from-scratch fruit and cream pies. Pop in during the warmer months for a slice of seasonal pear raspberry pie, or enjoy a heavenly plate of German chocolate cream pie.
Wind down with a classy adult beverage at this old-meets-new lounge, which is open until 2:30 am daily. Modern and retro recipes are mixed together on their impressively long cocktail menu. Select your beverage of choice from a list of no fewer than seven categories, including bubbles, agave, brandy and “whisk(e)y.”
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