Travel Portland: Beaumont Neighborhood Guide

One of Portland’s older, wealthier neighborhoods, the mostly residential Beaumont offers views of downtown, the Willamette River and the Cascades. In Beaumont Village, a shopping district along Northeast Fremont Street, you can indulge in mini doughnuts, stroopwafels, yoga and more.

Taste

One of Portland’s most beloved doughnut shops is tucked into Beaumont’s chic retail strip. Yes, you’ll likely have to wait in line at Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai, but it’s worth it. Here, the world’s cutest (and most Instagram-worthy) two-bite doughnuts are fried to order before getting drizzled with toppings like honey, Nutella, seasonal jams and curds. Make sure to order from the house-made chai menu, too. Unexpected spices and aromatics like turmeric, clove, nutmeg and lavender are infused with classic flavors like cardamom and ginger. Order the tasting flight to try them all.

Balance your sugar rush at Grand Central Bakery, purveyor of crusty, rustic loaves enjoyed across the Pacific Northwest. At the Beaumont location, you’ll find everything from breakfast sandwiches built on house-made bread to savory soups, salads and sandwiches. On clear days, make the most of the weather at the benches and tables in the bakery’s sunny courtyard.

Grand Central Baking serves breakfast sandwiches built on house-made bread as well as salads, soups, pastries and more.Credit: Ashley Anderson

Across the street, Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese Bar offers affordable wines by the glass, along with weekly, staff-selected flights and bottles to pair with their curated selection of meats and cheeses. Snack on everything from seasonal crostini and (mostly meat-heavy) sandwiches, or let the cheesemonger build a board for you, complete with a trio of cheeses, Marcona almonds, olives, fruit and more.

Recharge at the airy, jewel box coffee shop Prince Coffee. While the caffeine-infused drinks are great, it’s the fresh-made stroopwafels — Dutch wafers barely held together with a layer of gooey, cinnamon-caramel — that are the must-orders.

Take a sip of Oregon coffee history at Jim & Patty’s Coffee, which started out in 1973 as a Eugene coffee shop before moving north to Portland in 1976. “The Coffee Man” later became “Coffee People” before eventually growing to 25 locations across the state, Chicago, Arizona, Denver and California. Jim and Patty Roberts sold their part of the business in 1998 but later reopened the eponymous Jim & Patty’s Coffee in 2002.

Remedy a day of less-than-ideal dietary decisions at Happy Day Juice Company, where smoothies (and smoothie bowls), juices, toasts and waffles are always entirely vegan and gluten-free.

Do

About a mile (1.6 km) from Beaumont Village, Wilshire Park is a 14-acre (6 ha) green space with an accessible picnic area. Other amenities include an off-leash area for dogs, horseshoe pits, playground, soccer and softball fields and a volleyball court.

Nearby Wilshire Park includes a playground, horseshoe pits and a dog park, plus verdant running and walking paths.Credit: Ashley Anderson

If you’d rather stay inside, work up a sweat at one of two local yoga studios, Bikram Yoga Fremont Street or Love Hive, or drop in on a Crossfit-style class at beloved boutique gym The Refinery.

Shop

While most Beaumont shopping is functional — think hardware and pet supply shops — a handful of boutiques call this area home. These include Adorn, a Portland-born women’s boutique with a quartet of locations throughout the city; The Arrangement, a nearly four-decade-old store home to a curated collection of housewares, gifts, clothing, jewelry, cards and more; and Found on Fremont, a double-decker vintage emporium selling everything from retro clothing and furniture to gifts and décor.

With so many local grocer options and farmers markets, it’s easy to take convenience stores for granted — that is, until you really need one. Fortunately, there’s nearby Beaumont Market. This folksy neighborhood market offers a wide selection of craft beer and wine, a modest selection of fresh produce and bulk foods, too. Plus, it’s open until midnight.

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