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Montavilla: A Quiet Neighborhood That is More Than Meets the Eye

By Kathleen O'Malley @frugalportland

After Belmont Records was closed in my neighborhood to make room for the future home of yet another condo high rise, I began my hunt for the next charming Portland area to spend my days relaxing; and it did not take me long at all to fall in love with Montavilla. This small, quiet, and fairly unassuming East-Portland neighborhood is perfect for anyone who doesn’t love high rise condos and artisan ice cream stores with lines around the corner. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, or simply in the mood for something a little more low-key Portland, take an afternoon to visit these five Montavilla gems.

Bipartisan Cafe

Photo by Another Believer

Photo by Another Believer

Easily one of my favorite coffee shops in the city, the walk to Bipartisan Cafe has become my Sunday morning ritual. Bustling without being crowded, Bipartisan exudes casualness and boasts extra large, extra soft couches and a warm environment. It also has tons of food options, pastries, and possibly my favorite breakfast combination ever; I would eat their Jalapeno & Salt bagel with lox, and a small Latte every single day if life permitted.

The Academy Theater

Photo by the Academy Theater

Photo by the Academy Theater

Portland experiences no shortage of vintage movie theaters, and Montavilla is no exception to that rule. Similar to the Laurelhurst Theater, The Academy Theater offers $4 adult tickets, new(ish) and classic movies, and in-theater babysitting. All together, this makes for an absolutely fantastic, and frugal, date night theater.

The Observatory

Photo by the Observatory

Photo by the Observatory

The Observatory has it all: Brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and great cocktails! Their happy hour menu offers up more generous food options than many competitors–think hearty fish tacos instead of scant cheese plates–and budget friendly drinks. If the front of the restaurant is ever too crowded for your taste, check out the Observatory’s more low-key back bar Over and Out. If you’re feeling spendy, the Signature Cocktail menu offers up a great Lavender Lemondrop!

Montavilla Farmers Market

Photo by Montavilla Farmers Market

Photo by Montavilla Farmers Market

Compared to downtown’s overcrowded market, The Montavilla Farmers Market is the quiet laid-back market you’d expect to find in a small town. Loaded with local produce, plants, baked goods and more, Montavilla’s seasonal, Sunday morning market offers everything you expect from your farmers market, without the overwhelming crowds. As an added FYI,  Montavilla and most other Portland Farmers Markets, participate in a program that allows EBT users to double their spending money by up to ten dollars.

Portland Tub and Tan

Photo by Portland Tub and Tan

Photo by Portland Tub and Tan

Why buy a hot tub, when you could just rent one for the hour? The quirkiest of my Montavilla finds, I was extremely skeptical of this whole concept at first, but it turns out Portland Tub and Tan is totally legit, clean, safe, and fun! Where else in Portland can you soak in a private tub with close friends without shelling out next month’s rent?

I guarantee that after checking out just one of these places, you will find yourself enamored with Montavilla’s laid-back charm. Get your exploring in soon though– before Montavilla becomes Portland’s next up and coming victim!

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