POINTS OF INTEREST
This expansive 681-acre tract of mostly industrial and commercial buildings was largely ignored by all but local workers until shops, galleries, and restaurants began opening in some of the neighborhood's handsome, high-ceilinged buildings beginning in the '90s. These days, it's legitimately hot neighborhood for shopping and coffeehouse-hopping by day, and dining and clubbing at night. The neighborhood lies just across the Willamette River from downtown—it extends along the riverfront from the Burnside Bridge to south to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Division Street, extending east about a dozen blocks to Southeast 12th Avenue. Businesses of particularly note in these parts include urban-chic coffeehouses (Water Avenue, Coava), breweries (Base Camp Brewing, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Commons Brewery), shops and galleries, and restaurants (ClarkLewis, Le Pigeon, Biwa, Bunk Sandwiches). In the past few years, a number of acclaimed craft distilleries and urban wineries have joined the mix, including House Spirits and New Deal Distillery among the former, and Clay Pigeon and Coopers Hall among the latter. This is a large neighborhood, and some streets are a bit desolate (though still quite safe), but you can reach it via the East Side Streetcar, and walking from downtown across the Hawthorne or Burnside bridges. If you're coming by car, street parking is relatively easy to find.