Road Trip: Mississippi Avenue

December 31, 2013 (Updated March 13, 2017)

Oh, January! We love you for your unpredictable weather, short days and early twilight. After the glitz and glitter of the holidays, we all need a little reprieve, and January feels just the right speed. Mississippi Avenue in North Portland is the perfect burg for a weekend wander. Packed into just a few short blocks you’ll find plenty to fill a lazy day.

Full plate: Mississippi Avenue is chock full of tasty dining options. If it’s breakfast time, you can’t beat Gravy with its big hashes, scrambles and famous Oatmeal Brulee. For lunch, check out the varied offerings at Mississippi Marketplace, the food cart pod next to the friendly German pub Prost!. Dinner seekers, for a quick and tasty burger try Little Big Burger, or for pizza and ice cream, look no further than Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty called out by the Oregonian as one of Portland’s 101 Best Restaurants of 2016, or ¿Por Qué No?, which is consistantly ranked as one of the best taqueria’s in Portland.


Shop ’til you drop: Mississippi is a browser’s paradise with one-of-a-kind stores you won’t find anywhere else. The Meadow inventory is dedicated completely to gourmet salts, chocolates and specialty pantry items. Paxton Gate has a weird and wonderful collection “inspired by the garden and the natural sciences.” (Read: entomology, fossils, taxidermy and many items that resist categorization.) Pistils Nursery, an adorable “craft nursery” (only in Portland!), carries wonderful plants, urban farming supplies, terrariums and more. Make a statement at PedX North where you can find everything from Miz Mooz to Clarks, and Gypsy Chic has something eclectic for every gal.

In the house: Make time to browse The ReBuilding Center, the mecca of Portland’s sustainable living culture. You can find anything and everything for remodeling your home from a selection of vintage sinks, tubs and toilets to antique drawer pulls, rustic doors and historic light fixtures.

Drink it in: Stop in at Stash Tea Bar for a wide selection of loose teas where you can enjoy a freshly brewed cup and choose some for home. Get caffeinated at the Fresh Pot, which brews up locally roasted Stumptown coffee. Stop for a pint at Ecliptic Brewing, a recent addition to the Portland brew scene from veteran brewmaster John Harris — creator of Deschutes Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter and Jubelale.

Foot-tapping fun: Extend your fun into the evening with a live show at Mississippi Studios, a small, hopping music venue with a full calendar.

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Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.