Stretching from the foot of Mt. Tabor to Southeast 12th Avenue, with some blocks far livelier than others, this eclectic commercial thoroughfare was at the forefront of Portland's hippie and LGBT scenes in the '60s and '70s. As the rest of Portland's East Side has become more urbane and popular among hipsters, young families, students, and the so-called creative class over the years, Hawthorne has retained an arty, homegrown flavor. An influx of trendy eateries and shops opening alongside the still-colorful and decidedly low-frills thrift shops and old-school taverns and cafés make for a hodgepodge of styles and personalities—you could easily spend an afternoon popping in and out of boutiques, and then stay for happy hour at a local nightspot or even later for dinner. Highlights include a small (but still impressive) branch of Powell's Books, Bagdad Theater & Pub, Pastaworks gourmet food shop, Gold Dust Meridian bar, Apizza Scholls for stellar thin-crust pizzas, and the Sapphire
Hotel for late-night dining, but you'll find every kind of business in Hawthorne, from the airy and contemporary Dosha Aveda day spa to the massive and campy House of Vintage retro fashion and furnishings emporium. Bus 14 runs from downtown along the length of Hawthorne, and there's plenty of free street parking, too.