Hawthorne District: Blue Star Donuts, Portland Cider Company, Shopping (Portland, OR – Day 2 Part 2)

Portland, OR – Day 2 – Part 2

After brunch at Sweedeedee in North Portland we took Lyft to the Hawthorne District which is located in Southeast Portland and runs along Hawthorne Avenue from about 11th to 55th Avenue. We didn’t really know what to expect, but as we were driving through the area, our driver pointed out a few things we should check out.

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We really enjoyed walking along Hawthorne Ave where we did the bulk of our shopping in Portland. I got myself a few accessories, postcards, cool ceramic coasters, etc. It’s a plus to not have to pay sales tax in Oregon.

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Blue Star Donuts

3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
www.bluestardonuts.com

We went to Voodoo Doughnuts the day before knowing that there is a huge hype about that place and then decided that we had to try Blue Star Donuts because my cousin (who just got back from Portland) said this is much better then Voodoo.

He was totally right!

We only ordered 2 donuts for the 4 of us to share cause we were still pretty full from brunch at Sweedeedee.

We got the Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk donut and the the OG donut.

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Portland Cider Company

3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
http://portlandcider.com/

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151108d Portland Cider Company (7)We spotted this place when we were heading to Blue Star Donut but decided that we would stop at Portland Cider Company after doing some shopping. Which ended up being perfect since we did quite a bit more walking after this.

They have a pretty complex menu set up across 2 big flat screens above the bar which describes the many different types of cider they have. With so many choices, we ordered a flight of tasters to share.

We did not do it on purpose, but we somehow ordered the drinks in a very pretty order. We ended up liking one of the lighter colored ciders (sorry can’t remember exactly which ones we ordered, even with the little cheat/order sheet) and ordered a pint to share.

If we had more time, we could have just enjoyed the afternoon here. They even had games we could borrow.

From here, we walked through a local neighborhood (and saw lots of pretty houses and fall foliage) to Division for Thai food at Pok Pok and ice cream at Salt & Straw.

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