This lively northeast community, known as the Alberta Arts District, runs east from around 15th to 33rd avenues. Locals flock here during the monthly "Last Thursday" art walk where visitors weave in and out of artists' studios, galleries, cafes and other venues in a festive atmosphere of music, food, craft demonstrations and street vendors on the last Thursday of every summer month.
But on any day of the year, you'll discover a quirky shoppers heaven. Expect to find curiously creative items in nearly every storefront. Start with custom paper lamp artisan HiiH Gallery (2929 N.E. Alberta St.) and then peruse the record collection at Little Axe (5012 N.E. 28th at Alberta). Green Bean Books (1600 N.E. Alberta St.) has one of the best selections of children's books in the city while Tumbleweed (1812 N.E. Alberta St.) stocks their house line of feminine frocks.
After all that shopping, you'll have worked up an appetite. Thankfully, the neighborhood is also a brunch destination. Favorites include Tin Shed Garden Café (1438 N.E. Alberta St.), Helser’s on Alberta (1538 N.E. Alberta St.) and Pine State Biscuits (2204 N.E. Alberta St.). Still hungry? Salt & Straw (2035 N.E. Alberta St.) is nationally acclaimed for its unique and local ice cream ingredients. Think Rogue Creamery’s Crater Lake Blue Cheese. Trust us, it’s just as good in ice cream.
Photo by Leela Cyd Ross / Salt & Straw