A Perfect Day on Portland's East Side Starts in the Hawthorne District

A Perfect Day on Portland's East Side Starts in the Hawthorne District

Start your day on Hawthorne Blvd and follow our guide for the perfect day on the Eastside of Portland! Explore the city's hidden gems all around you with Portland's best brunch spot, soaking pool, and rooftops!

Photo courtesy of Ben C

Breakfast at Jam on Hawthorne

2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

A full brunch menu offering many crowd favorites with large portions & AMAZING bloody Mary’s.. Did you know that JAM on Hawthorne is the largest non-gallery art space in the city? Art is on every wall created by local artists from Portland, where 100% of the sale goes to the artist. Family and vegan friendly!

 Photo by Jaclyn Campanaro

Shopping on Hawthorne

Wander up and down Hawthorne Blvd between SE 32nd and SE 38th for an afternoon of shopping. Be sure to check out Red Light Vintage, Communion, House of Vintage, Twill, Sloan for your fashion fix. Presents of Mind, Powell’s Books & of course Tender Loving Empire will be your best bets for gifts and locally made wares.

Photo courtesy of McMenamins

Lunch, Soak & a Matinee at McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR

Located a bit North of the Hawthorne district, McMenamins’ Kennedy school is a refurbished elementary school turned hotel, restaurants, bars, movie theater, and a soaking pool! For non-hotel guests of McMenamins, reservations are required. Family-friendly. 

*Honorary Mention for another dreamy soaking option: Knot Springs

Photo courtesy of Roam Yonder

Afternoon Hike on Mt. Tabor

SE 60th Avenue, and Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97215

One of the best parts of Portland is the mountaintop views of the city! Within 15 minutes of Portland's downtown, you can discover the city's best-kept secret. There are a number of hiking trails and walking paths in the park, as well as a mountaintop view. Pro tip: Bring a blanket and catch the sunrise if you’re feeling ambitious!

Photo courtesy of Farmhouse Thai Kitchen

Dinner Recommendations

On the main street of SE Hawthorne, the options for dinner are endless. These are just a few to consider:

¿Por Qué No?,: A Portland favorite for tacos and AMAZING margaritas.

 3 Doors Down Cafe: Homestyle Italian food including made-in-house pasta and meatballs.

Farmhouse Thai Kitchen: Award-winning Thai food, known for its presentation and the famous Volcano Cup Noodle.

Photo by Alex Miller

Entertainment & Drinks at Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #203, Portland, OR 97214

As a former high school built in 1906, Revolution Hall has been fully renovated and restored to become the ultimate concert venue. The Revolution Hall features a restaurant on the first floor, Show Bar, a concert hall on the second floor, and a rooftop bar. Minors are permittable until 6 pm.

Photo by Mona Hosseini

Late Night Snacks at Hawthorne Asylum

1080 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214

In Portland, food carts are the heart of the eatery culture. Hawthorne Asylum is one of MANY food cart pods to check out. Conveniently located in central SE Portland, this is the hippest spot for midnight, post-show snacks and to try out many different cuisines at once!


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