Portland day trip: Old Town Chinatown

A mix of old and new makes this Riverside neighborhood a funky-fun place to spend the day

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Photo: John Clark

Why go in March: The cherry trees are blooming in a neighborhood showing signs of renewal, just like the season.

Street scene: A mix of divey Chinese lunch spots and new restaurants, mod art galleries, and century-old brick buildings.

Dress code: Skinny jeans and gold Nikes.

Neighborhood mascot: The pair of golden lions flanking an ornate gate on N.W. 4th Avenue at W. Burnside Street.

Local cause: To re-erect the Hung Far Low sign, a Chinatown icon.

Old hot spot: Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade (511 N.W. Couch St.), a cave of pinball and Ms. Pac-Man.

New hot spot: The Davis Street Tavern ($$$; closed Sun; 500 N.W. Davis St.; 503/505-5050), with juicy lamb burgers.

Eco-chain: seven planet (412 N.W. Couch) is an all-green general store that’s popping ​ up around the Northwest―and is packed with stuff like bottle openers made from old bike parts.

Flower power: Now is prime time for fragrant daphne plants and plum trees at the Lan Su Chinese Garden ($8.50; 239 N.W. Everett St.).

Next: What to see and where to go


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