Southeast Portland is comprised of a variety of unique neighborhoods, distinct attractions, and is characterized by the unique sense of quirky charm that the city is known for. If there was a quadrant that represented perhaps the most quintessential Portland experience, it would be Southeast Portland. Southeast Portland is located close to a number of the city’s main attractions, including downtown Portland which is just across the Willamette River, and residents are able to navigate the city with ease thanks to major transportation hubs and accessible Tri-Met stops throughout the area.
Southeast Portland Attractions
Hawthorne is a popular commercial area which offers unique shops, eateries, and more. For the authentic Hawthorne experience, Hawthorne Hideaway is a good choice, as is Cup and Saucer Café or Bread and Ink Cafe. Niche shops such as Excalibur Books and Comics and Crossroads Music are other appealing spots in the area. Another popular commercial area is Division Street, which includes the Stumptown Coffee roasting location and Pok Pok, one of the city’s more well-known eateries.
Mt. Tabor Park is among the preeminent features of Southeast Portland. The park was at one point the largest in Portland until the creation of Forest Park. It offers spectacular views from multiple spots throughout the park, however the undeniable best view is from the very top, which has an elevation of 643 feet. The park also includes five water reservoirs which were built in the 1800’s and still continue to serve Portland to this day, as well as large, historic plant nursery. The park is self-sustaining as it generates its own electricity for the lampposts that line the hiking trails.
Reed College is located in Southeast Portland and is notable for several reasons—primarily for the high proportion of students who go on to earn doctorates and other postgraduate degrees. There are many prominent alumni, including 50 Fulbright scholars and 31 Rhodes scholars. There are also frequent events and interesting lectures at the college which the community is invited to take part in.
Southeast Portland is one of the more common filming locations for the popular Portland-centric television show, “Portlandia.”