The Alberta Street of today is quite the departure from the Alberta Street of even ten years ago. Now a tourist attraction, these are the not-to-miss cafes, bars, boutiques and entertainment options located down a twenty block stretch. They'll feed your body, and your mind.
Community Cycling Center is indeed an all-encompassing resource, providing more than just the usual free air pump outside. It's wise to partake in their basic bicycle maintenance classes, including special ladies-only classes.
Videorama hasn't coordinated all their stores, so if you have late fees at one location, just hit up another.
Tin Shed is a Portland institution: they have a four season outdoor dining room, long lines on the weekend, and a special menu for your dog. The lines are long because it's worth it.
Hit up Tonalli's late, after a date or having a few on Alberta. Try the Buttermilk Bar, and don't stand in line for an hour (Salt and Straw) to do so.
If you don't enter Collage with a particular project in mind, you need not worry, strolling through the aisles of miniature everything, chains, stamps, and paper products will inspire several. And if you need a spot to work on that project, they have that too. Rent out their workshop classroom by the hour, as an individual or group.
Even if you can't afford the stellar design services at Digs, you can still wander through the gorgeous displays and be inspired. They also have smaller items: quirky books, plants, and shelving that make great gifts.
Screaming Sky Gallery is an inviting adult playground full of collectibles and culture. Special props for the Law & Order coloring book.
It's important to make reservations at Natural Selection, Portland's freshest addition to the four course vegetarian fine dining experience.
I probably annoy the clerk here, as I visit Ampersand every other day. In the middle of this sleek shop/gallery/bookstore is a chest of drawers containing numerous photographs across all genres & time periods. It's my treasure trove of yet-to-be discovered new favorite photographers.
This quiet, little living room record store recently opened its doors with a strong collection of modern and classic rock. You probably won't happen upon it, but it's worth it to wander off Alberta and spend an hour there.
Walk past the tatted folks drinking at noon, smile at the accommodating bar help, and beeline it for the tasty menu. The brussel sprout bowl and BBQ tofu with collard greens are personal favorites. I just got drool on my keyboard thinking about them.
This Pine State location boasts late Fri & Sat hours: open until one a.m.! If you're wandering down Alberta for a night cap but sick of the dark, noisy bar scene, stop in here for a spiked Arnold Palmer in a mason jar. Their cocktails rival their biscuits!
Head to Caffe Vita when you want to sip fresh roasted coffee (the machine is in the same room!) and get some work done. Vita's a calm & quiet cafe that invites a productive study hall or engaging conversation.
The Rose, home to PDX's Live Wire, hosts a number of tribute and variety shows. Soak in a night of culture within these well-restored walls.