Division Street is one of the most rapidly changing streets in Portland. It was on this street that pioneering Portlanders hatched some the city’s most famous culinary hotspots (think Pok Pok) and also launched the third wave coffee revolution (by this we of course refer to Stumptown Coffee).
Locals see how the neighborhood has answered the city's call for density with single-family homes being replaced with multistory condominium buildings. Visitors, on the other hand, will experience the most happening foodie street in the Northwest as well as enjoy countless variety of boutique shops.
Start the morning like a local with a hearty brunch. Little T American Baker (2600 S.E. Division) serves rich coffee and sweet pastries in a glass-walled modern space. If you have time, the line at Cafe Broder (2508 S.E. Clinton St.) looks intimidating, but the Scandinavian-inspired fare is worth the wait.
Next, peruse the variety of eclectic shops. Drop into Clinton Street's Xtabay Vintage (2515 S.E. Clinton St.) for a carefully curated collection of vintage clothing and bridal wear. For a trendier selection, head over to Division Street and pursue House of Common (3370 S.E. Division St.), an upscale fashion boutique that’s recently opened to much acclaim.
Take a stroll admiring the neighborhood's Craftsman houses until you've worked up an appetite for lunch at The Press Club (2621 S.E. Clinton St.), where you can browse the wall of magazines with a glass of wine while waiting for your crepe or panini.
Stay on Division Street for dinner, named one of “10 Best Foodie Streets in America” in 2013 by Food & Wine magazine. Choose from Thai at Pok Pok (3226 S.E. Division St.), whose chef won a James Beard Award in 2011; Sunshine Tavern (3111 S.E. Division St.), with a chef named Food & Wine’s 2012 Best New Chef; or Ava Gene’s (3377 S.E. Division St.), Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson’s latest venture. Too indecisive for all of those options? Local juggernaut Little Big Burger (3810 S.E. Division St.) keeps it simple: burgers, veggie burgers, fries and shakes.
End your evening with a film at Clinton Street Theater (2522 S.E. Clinton St.), famous for its long-standing exhibition of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and a magnet for independent films.