From a slumbering volcano to miniature cupcakes, Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood holds wonders great an small. Wondering what to do with an afternoon or day in the area? There’s no shortage of family things to do (and eat!) in this neighborhood. Read on for the scoop!
While not technically not in Montavilla, this incredible park and (dormant) urban volcano looms above the restaurant and shops on Stark Street. Hike to the top for views of downtown, take the dog on long walks in the off-leash area or make use of one of the most beautiful park areas in Portland outlined by tall firs. If you’d rather stick in town, simply take in the breathtaking views. The park is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesdays, so plan accordingly.
Mt Tabor Park
SE 60th Ave & Salmon St
photo: Downtown Portland from Mt. Tabor by Tom Hilton via flickr
Yoga Refuge was founded by a mom, with the needs of moms and families in mind. Here you’ll find a room just off the sunny studio where childcare is often available with prior registration. Add to that parent-child yoga, pre-natal yoga and post-childbirth recovery, and occasional retreats for moms, and that’s serious support for local moms who like to breathe in the moment.
7831 SE Stark St.
Montavilla Farmer’s Market
The Montavilla Farmer’s Market is small but full of fun surprises, just like the neighborhood it serves. This market in a gravel lot (which makes a bumpy ride for a stroller) is a neighborhood meeting place on Sunday mornings during the growing season, from June through October. “Well-behaved” dogs are welcome, and there’s plenty of food, treats, and free samples for the little ones.
7600 Block SE Stark St.
The Academy Theater
Looking for a kids’ feature for the family, or a more grown-up evening out? You’ll find both here, and childcare to boot! The Academy offers babysitting services on weekends for kids ages two to eight. Call ahead to reserve your kids’ spot, and leave your phone on vibrate. During the day, you’ll often find kids’ features. Check one out on Two for Tuesday, when it’s buy one get one free for the same show.
7818 SE Stark St.
East Glisan Pizza Lounge
There’s nothing better than a neighborhood pizza joint, especially when they serve pizza worth driving for. East Glisan Pizza Lounge serves tasty pies in a laid-back but modern space on Glisan Street. Arrive early for happy hour slices, and the adults in your party can try out the beer and cocktail menus as well.
8001 NE Glisan St
photo: East Glisan Pizza Lounge by Nick M. via Yelp
The Country Cat
In Montavilla, you’ll find one of the best-reviewed restaurants in town… and they have a kids’ menu and crayons. Not only that, but you but won’t have to wait an hour for brunch during the week. The Country Cat is a perfect spot for a little kid date, or a destination to spend free time when the kids have the day off or late start. Don’t miss the biscuits, and we hear the fried chicken is totally worth the trip.
7937 SE Stark St.
Hungry Heart Bakery
It’s not just cupcakes at this sweet little shop, though you’ll find perfect teeny-tiny mini cupcakes that your littles will love. You’ll also find macarons, packages of shortbread to go, fresh pastries made right behind the counter, and, of course, coffee. A few cute and unique gift items are also sold. Check out the cupcake toppers at the front counter, made by a crafty Montavilla neighbor. Be careful if you’re arriving with a stroller or mobility device as there is a step up to enter this older building.
414 SE 80th Ave.
Tree-lined and tucked into a residential neighborhood, this park is a neighborhood hideaway made for picnics. Enjoy a meal at one of the many picnic tables, or if the ground is dry, spread out a blanket and bring a ball to kick around in the field. The playground equipment is as simple as it comes – two swings, a tall side, a merry-go-round, and teeter-totters, but just enough for an afternoon at the park.
9198 SE Taylor St.
photo: Berrydale Park by Kelley Gardiner
This park was built for baseball, and there are plenty of sports fields that stay busy through the warmer months. Anytime you’re in the area, pop in to play on the big toy tucked in the corner of the park, but watch out for pop flies in the summertime.
SE 84th Ave. & Harrison St.
photo: Mt. Tabor Park by Robin Zebrowski via flickr
Mount Tabor Park
It’s mere blocks away from the official border of Montavilla, but we would be remiss to leave this incredible park and inactive, urban volcano off the list. You can hike to the top for gorgeous views, take the dog on long walks in the off-leash area, play a game of tennis, or make use of one of the most scenic and popular playground areas in the city, near the top. Take note, the park is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesdays.
SE 60th Ave. & Salmon St.
photo: Montavilla Community Center by Noah U. via Yelp
Montavilla Community Center and Pool
This expansive park spreads across nearly nine and a half acres, with several sports fields, and an updated playground for the little ones. The hot, wiggly neighborhood children highly anticipate this pool’s opening each summer. Be aware that the parking lot is very small, and there’s not much street parking nearby, so prepare to walk.
8219 NE Glisan St.
Just opened in November, this new resale store is still gleaming and features the same coveted goods of its sister location in Fremont. A shopper’s delight, Beanstalk features plenty of space to navigate a stroller, a large fairytale-themed play area, dressing rooms and sizes up to kids’ 14.
8021 SE Stark St.
photo: Beanstalk via Yelp
Eco Baby Gear
Fans of Eco Baby’s previous location on Division will love the store’s new digs on Stark. Knowledgable staff will gladly talk you through the options for baby carriers and demonstrate how each is used, explain the ins and outs of teething toys or discuss cloth diapering. There’s even a registry for new parents who’re looking for environmentally friendly and organic mattresses, bedding and clothing.
7980 SE Stark St.
What’s your favorite spot in Montavilla? Let us know in the comments!