Few of Portland's several hipster-favored East Side neighborhoods have developed as quickly and as interestingly as Northeast Alberta Street, aka Northeast Alberta, aka the Alberta Arts District, which has morphed from a downcast area into a funky strip of hippie-driven counterculture into a considerably more eclectic stretch of both indie arts spaces and downright sophisticated bistros and galleries. Favorite stops include Pine State Biscuits, Salt & Straw ice cream,
the Bye and Bye bar, Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Barista coffee, Aviary restaurant, Natural Selection, Ampersand art gallery and books, the Collective Art Gallery, pedX shoes, and Screaming Sky toys and housewares. Extending a little more than a mile, Northeast Alberta offers plenty of one-of-a-kind dining and shopping; you'll find virtually no national chains along here. The area is also home to some of the best people-watching in Portland, especially during the Last Thursday (of the month) art walks, held May–September from 6 pm until 9:30 pm. The Alberta Street Fair in August showcases the neighborhood's offerings with arts-and-crafts displays and street performances. Northeast Alberta is about a mile from the smaller but similarly intriguing North Mississippi and North Williams corridors; fans of indie dining and shopping could easily spend a full day strolling or biking among both areas.