Blog Stories A Perfect Day in Portland's Humboldt Neighborhood

A Perfect Day in Portland’s Humboldt Neighborhood

By Aryne + Dulcinea, December 6, 2018

Portland’s Humboldt neighborhood may get a lot of credit for its proximity to the hip Boise area, but this nook in Northeast Portland is a gem in its own right. Despite sharing a border with the vibrant and newly-developed Mississippi neighborhood, the area feels more nostalgic of an earlier era. Located between the I-5 and Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland’s Humboldt neighborhood shares its borders with Overlook, Piedmont, King and Boise. Portland Community College is central to the area, and the surrounding streets are lined with delightful cafes and local haunts that double as student hangouts. A perfect day in Humboldt takes full advantage of the neighborhood’s charm, featuring a selection of notable established and newly-opened businesses.



One of Humboldt’s shining architectural features is Coffeehouse-Five, and its interior is on full display behind the building’s striking windows. Grab a warm drink and grab a seat – you’ll want to soak in the ambiance. Another favorable coffee option nearby is Flipside Coffee, and brunch lovers will find oasis at the Bad Habit Room, a hidden speakeasy open to the public from 9-2 on weekends.


Portland is commonly noted for being a specificcity. The hidden Nalu Kava Bar exemplifies this spirit perfectly, offering truly unique experiences to its patrons. Stop by after 1PM on the weekend to enjoy their menu of unique Kava beverages, drinking chocolates and elixirs. If you opt for a Kava drink, you’ll enjoy a relaxing effect as its root has medicinal properties which combat anxiety. Afterward, enjoy a stroll to Mississippi Records, where you’ll find a solid selection of vinyl and perfectly curated mixtapes. You might miss it, but the store also holds the Portland Museum of Modern Art, an exhibition space which features diverse, locally-focused programming in Mississippi Record’s basement. If you head north and turn east on Killingsworth, you’ll find another cute record shop, Green Noise Records. On the opposite corner of Albina is Solabee Flowers & Botanicals – a plant-filled haven every visitor should enjoy.


After window shopping this stretch of Killingsworth, you can select from many diverse culinary establishments, including an East African meal and coffee ceremony at the popular E’Njoni Café. Other lunch options include Thai Food Café, Yemeni-style restaurant Mandi House, Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine and Caspian Kabob.

Portland's Humboldt Neighborhood


The nighttime scene in Humboldt is surprisingly lively, despite the neighborhood’s small size. Along the main drag of Killingsworth, you’ll find evening entertainment at McMenamin’s Chapel Pub and Portland Community College Cascade. One of Portland’s premiere Lightning Bar Collective locations, Victoria is known for its inventive vegan cuisine and bright interiors and offers happy hour every day from 3-6PM. Sardine Head is a newcomer that provides an unpretentious, dive bar experience, with a menu that highlights natural wines and experimental tapas. Other neighborhood standouts include brand new Psychic Bar, the dive-y Pop Tavern, Florida-inspired Sweet Nothing, and Saraveza.


The late-night crowd can drop by Killingsworth Dynasty, a bar and venue space that features regular DJ and dance events throughout the week. With its vibrant restaurant and music scene, Portland’s Humboldt neighborhood is an ideal for cultural aficionados.



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