by Ashley Gartland - 183 Reviews - 53 List
Just blocks from hipster Hawthorne, you'll find Belmont--a laid-back neighborhood with a distinctly homegrown feel. The main drag of Belmont is just a few blocks long but you could easily spend an hour or more sampling the boutiques, bars and coffee shops situated along the stretch. From a boutique with an in-house cupcake bar to nightlife locales, we've gathered the best of the bunch on Belmont. (Photo: Courtesy of PortlandNeighborhooddotcom)
Updated: October 21, 2009
Urban moms have made this their go-to boutique whether they're looking for school clothes for their tots or childcare accessories for themselves. For the unattached, this retail shop proves the perfect stop for baby shower gifts--particularly if you're looking for a new sling for the mom-to-be.
This corner boutique's ever-rotating mix of hand-picked local and vintage home decor coupled with an in-house cupcake shop creates an irresistible draw for their Eastside clientele. Twenty and thirty-something creatives frequent this former post office to find embellishments for their homes, offices and other personal spaces. Among the recent finds: a set of old beakers, a vintage typewriter and a red velvet cupcake that didn't make it home.
The atmosphere at this local cafe feels half corporate America, half independent and local. Vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious diners drop by at all hours for hearty burritos and rice bowls studded with tempeh, beans and veggies; when they're feeling less virtuous, you'll catch them swigging a beer or ordering one of the hearty cookies to go.
For gourmands, Zupan's is near paradise. The small-scale corner grocery carries everything from fine wines to finishing salts and seemingly every ingredient in between. A bakery, deli and well-stocked produce section also make this grocer a good place to shop for impromptu picnic fare should neighborhood wanderings stir your appetite.
British expats feel right at home at this themed bar, where round pub tables fill the space and dart boards and Guinness posters cover the walls. The pub centers on the bar where neighborhood regulars can order round after round from a deep selection of local and imported beers.
This entertainment-driven destination attracts nightly crowds to its basement bar with open-mic poetry, free darts and pool, live music and a lengthy happy hour. In the upstairs restaurant, the after-work crowd meets up for plates of spaghetti and homemade meatballs and baked ziti, then later lingers at the bar sipping one of the 35-plus available bottles of beer.
Stumptown-obsessed coffee fanatics fuel up at this narrow coffee shop, often staying awhile to read the paper in the brick-walled coffeehouse before getting on with their day. The prized amenity at this location is the adjacent Annex, where the staff hosts regular coffee cuppings to help customers better understand their beans.