Hawthorne
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A neighborhood of shops along SE Hawthorne Boulevard. It's offbeat with overtones and undercurrents of funky.
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Max A
Portland, OR24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
The Hawthorne District of Portland is one of the most eclectic in all of Portland. People watching extraordinaire. The street is lined with old clothing stores, one in particular, The Red Light Clothing Exchange turns their entire store into a Halloween Costume Haven -- not to be missed by those looking for something unusual.

The neighborhood consists of some of the most charming old PDX bungalows, old apartment buildings with long gone architectural touches. The people who live here -- every kind -- from young to old -- all with their own sense of style. People watching is the best.

During the Hawthorne Street Fair -- held every August -- I stumbled further down the block to 32 Street area and found The Hazel Room and Mag-Big housed in an unusual all cement block PDX bungalow nestled between the House of Vintage and the Golden Meridian. Don't miss this block!!!! The House of Vintage is huge -- for those looking for something from the past, you will get lost in it. In front -- the CANDY BUS -- sooooo Cute!! A small school bus turned into a candy store, with all those treats you remember from your childhood... a real treat indeed.

The Hazel Room is a Tea Lounge -- yes, you heard that right. They offer Specialty Tea Cocktails that are so unique and classy. Their alcohol doesn't stop there, you can pretty much get anything you'd like. The Bloody Mary's -- are not your normal and they are not called Mary, you have to try them..

The Hazel Room offers soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches and a yummy brunch on weekends (psst, no wait line). Some of their items are Veggie Biscuits and Gravy, Tamarind Pulled Pork over polenta served in a skillet or piled high on a biscuit, specials offered each week. Some of the sandwiches -- pear and brie on a baguette, drizzled with a balsamic maple reduction -- you don't need dessert with this one. The TLT -- for vegetarians or not -- Tempe replaces the bacon, soooo good. There is an in-house baker who's daily fare are great to take home or have in-house.

The interior of the Hazel Room blends with the building -- inside you will find copper tiled walls, a fireplace, antique wood tables and chairs, even a rocker if you're so inclined. Very comfortable, different and very representative of Hawthorne. The outdoor seating is perfect for people watching on Hawthorne.

Alongside The Hazel Room is Mag-Big Boutique, which houses over 400 local designers and artists. In my opinion, this is the best boutique in town. The jewelry, clothing and art in this store are new, one of a kind, unusual, affordable and eye-catching. You can browse this store for an hour and not see everything, so it's worth some time spent. You won't be disappointed.

So, walk the extra block from the middle of Hawthorne and find 32nd -- when you arrive, not only will you find the above but there is an exceptional work of art on the wall of Alley 33, depicting some of America's favorite writers. Photo-Op if there ever was one.

Enjoy Hawthorne!
Written October 2, 2012
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Ruth F
Portland, OR418 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
Hothorn is it cute area with lots of places to eat cute shops in great vintage stores however trying to find a place to park here is absolutely ridiculous. It’s almost not worth the bother as it takes forever to find a place to park. I feel terribly sorry for the people that live in the area.
Written March 4, 2018
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DramaRatQueen
Hillsboro, OR145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Hawthorne has been cleaned up a bit since I was in high school: no more hippie types raising funds by painting faces with glitter glue, and Marco's Pizza & Subs is long gone, but enough of the original feel has remained. Buy a book at Powell's on Hawthorne, have a pint at Portland Cider House, browse the cute little shops, take in a movie at the Bagdad, and get dessert at the Waffle Window. An afternoon well spent.
Written May 16, 2016
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hrushikr
Oxford35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
Hipster street packed with vintage shops, cafes and eateries. Great place for a stroll if you're in the neighbourhood. Don't miss Blue Star, Powell's Bookshop, Greater Trumps and the growler shop.
Written March 22, 2015
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Ottawajester
Ottawa334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
This is a funky little neighbourhood in Portland. I would recommend you focus on the area around the Bagdad Theatre (or between 35th street and Ceasar Chavez avenue) where most of the best shops are located. There is of course two Powell's book stores, but also a great toy store, a great wine shop, a few wonderful shops with interesting gifts and a few fun clothing shops. There is plenty to eat and drink in the area as well. Recommend parking on the neighbouring residential side streets if you are driving.
Written August 16, 2014
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Taryn D
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
This is a great place to find quirky, artsy, and trendy shops with a sense of humor. There are some boutique clothing and accessory stores that sell hip, higher end fashion, but if you're looking to hunt and score deals on second hand clothing, check out Buffalo exchage, red light, crosscroads and house of vintage. The Bagdad Theatre is a good central reference point, where you can side walk sit with a beer and watch the local wildlife. ;) Great places to shop for handmade goods, screen printed tees and gifts, are Presents of Mind, Powells Books (lots of fun things there besides books) and Asylum. Rice Lovers is another great shop with prints and other things with that Portland whimsey. There are a few food trucks along the street and a cafe called Harlow that has good local smoothies and fare (try the beet cocoa on a rainy day!) Next time, I'm going to check out Vintage Pink and Maple Vintage further down the street! Meridian Stardust has great cocktails and food. Portland Cider Company is here too, and has only $7 flights where you can taste 5 of their 30 ciders. Lots to do within these few blocks!
Written March 13, 2017
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Ruth F
Portland, OR418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
Hawthorne is "trendy" area in Portland. Cute shops, nice places to eat and a lot of people watching. I love the Fred Meyers and their sushi train. Fun to take a newbie for sushi. So many different things to try in small amounts. Red light clothing exchange is a kick. Great vintage clothing.
Written April 27, 2016
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Janis L
Tiburon, CA201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
We've been staying in the Sellwood district and the cashier at the local New Leaf asked what we were planning to do during our visit to Portland. She suggested a trip to Hawthorne (in the 30s cross streets). I'm glad we took her advice. There were plenty of funky little shops (and upscale shoe stores) for the shoppers in our group. The local scene was colorful and representative of Portland youth culture. We found a great place for chicken and waffles, and I even got a great (and cheap by SF Bay standards) walk in haircut at a local salon. Much more interesting to me than the more noted and popular Pearl District.
Written September 16, 2014
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Michele A
Burbank, CA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
There are a number of super cool vintage shops here. House of Vintage goes on for days and was varied and fascinating. There are others on the street as well, but I didn't have time to visit them all. If you like vintage, this is a half day trip plus lunch at one of the food carts. A great Portland experience.
Written October 2, 2016
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diane s
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
This neighborhood in SE Portland, edged by Mt. Tabor park, is simply the best place to be in the entire world. I live in Tacoma, but were it not for family obligations, would be living in Hawthorne. Just go there, you'll find out for yourself.
Written February 18, 2015
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