Hawthorne District

The Hawthorne District blends great eats, art, and hippie/hipster culture.

Shops along SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland
••• Shops along SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland. photo via flickr by eyeliam

Where it is:

 

SE Hawthorne Boulevard is located in SE Portland. It’s south of Belmont Street and north of Divison Street. The most concentrated commercial area along SE Hawthorne is between 34th – 38th Streets but there’s plenty to see on other parts of the street, too.

 

Best known for:

  • Its laid-back culture. People like to say it’s Portland’s version of Haight Street, but it’s getting more and more sophisticated every year.
  • The Bagdad Theater, a Portland landmark restored by the McMenamin Brothers.
  • Funky coffee shops, locally-owned restaurants and boutiques, and great used clothing stores.
  • Casual restaurants and brewpubs.

 

Getting there:

From downtown, take the Hawthorne Bridge.

From I-5, get off at exit 300B (the OMSI exit). Stay left at the fork on the exit ramp. Head straight onto Belmont St. Take Belmont to 11th Ave, and turn right. Follow 11th until you reach Hawthorne Blvd. and turn left.

By bus, take #14 from downtown to Hawthorne.

 

Essentials:

Zip code
97214

Nearest post office
1020 SE 7th Avenue

Grocery stores
Daily Grind at SE 40th/Hawthorne
Fred Meyer at SE 39th/Hawhorne
Safeway at SE 28th/Hawthorne

Pharmacies
Safeway at SE 28th/Hawthorne Fred Meyer at SE 39th/Hawthorne

Nearby schools
Elementary schools: Abernathy Elementary School and Glencoe Elementary School
Middle school: Hosford Middle School and Mt. Tabor Middle School
High schools: Cleveland High School and Franklin High School

 

Best Shopping:

Red Light
3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd
The Disneyland of used clothing and accessories for men and women.

Presents of Mind
3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Cool cards, jewelry, and gifts galore.

Imelda’s and Louie’s Shoes
3426 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Beautiful shoes and bags for the style-conscious.

Greg’s
3707 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Quirky gifts and hip home décor.

Pastaworks
3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
A high-end grocery store with an Italian flair. More here.

Powell's Bookstore for Cooks and Gardeners
3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd
The cookbook section at the downtown Powell's store is huge, but there's nothing like shopping in a store that specializes in your hobbies of choice. More here.

 

Best Restaurants:

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
The best thin-crust pizza in the city.

Mio Sushi
3962 Hawthorne Blvd
Fresh fish in a friendly, upscale setting.

3 Doors Down
1429 SE 37th Ave
Innovative Italian cuisine and great service.

BridgePort Ale House
3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Surpisingly good pub menu and delicious beers.

Bower’s Bakery
3545 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Family-run business with amazing sandwiches and baked goods.