Northeast Portland is bursting with history. Restored homes that reflect elegant architectural styles from past eras, community-oriented neighborhoods, and unique, independent boutiques and shopping areas are all common in Northeast Portland. This region of the city is at once urban and quaint, trendy and historic, and offers something for people of all ages. Further east, neighborhoods become more “suburban” in feel; however nearly all of Northeast Portland has retained a sense of historicity.
Northeast Portland Attractions
NE Alberta Street is a popular stop for dining, shopping, and more. Food carts are popular stops for dining on Alberta, as well as Bunk Bar, Aviary, and Salt & Straw Ice Cream. McMenamin’s Kennedy School is one of several McMenamin’s locations that offers food, drink, and movies in a renovated historic building. Ciao Vito Restaurant is an Italian restaurant on Alberta that has won awards by Portland’s publication “Willamette Week.” The Alberta Street Art Gallery showcases some of Portland’s vibrant art scene.
Another popular shopping area is Beaumont Village. The Beaumont Village Market is a family-owned local grocery store that offers not only groceries, but gifts and greeting cards as well. Whole Foods, Noho’s Hawaiian Café, Amalfi’s Italian, and Black Bird Wine Shop—in addition to other locations—round out the dining and food options at the Village. In addition, there are multiple shops for a variety of products, including Paper Jam Press, Shop Adorn, and Beaumont Hardware—all located at the Village.
Rocky Butte is an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte located in the Madison South neighborhood. A rotating beacon at the top of the butte makes Rocky Butte visible for miles. It is a very popular location in Portland for climbing, hiking, and enjoying a breathtaking view of Portland’s skyline.
The Grotto is also located in Northeast Portland. The Grotto is a secluded Catholic shrine and sanctuary which was designed to “provide a welcoming presence and a beautiful environment conducive to peace, quiet, and spiritual inspiration.” It is designed to be a sanctuary for people of all faiths and walks of life, and also includes a variety of ministries that offer counseling, education, spiritual direction and liturgical celebrations. The Grotto is home to the largest Christmas choral festival in the world, the “Grotto Festival of Lights.”