Enjoy a low-key urban vibe thanks to yoga studios, indie shops, and cafes
Go green on Portland’s North Williams Avenue
Andrea Gomez

Fun in winter: North Williams Avenue ― with its bike lanes and organic eateries tucked away in the new Hub building (3808 N. Williams Ave.)―makes it easy to jump-start your New Year’s resolutions.

Scene: A low-key urban vibe, courtesy of yoga studios and green indie shops and cafes.

2,745: Number of daily bike commuters on the North Williams bike corridor.

Dress code: Waterproof jacket and jeans with right leg rolled up.

Hot wheels: The fold-up triangle-frame commuter bike by Strida at Cascade Cycling (122 N. Killingsworth St.; 503/281-0255).

Feel like a local: Play a round of shuffleboard at Vendetta bar ($; 4306 N. Williams; 503/288-1085).

Best splurge: The Royale chocolate mousse at Pix Pâtisserie ($; 3901 N. Williams; 503/282-6539).

Best way to burn it off: Five laps of the North Williams–North Vancouver Avenue bike corridor.

Native chic: A waterproof Lemolo bike bag.


More ways to live well around North Williams Avenue

Blue Sky Wellness Studio At this studio and spa, try qigong ― an ancient form of exercise that reduces stress and is believed to build your immune system. Or chase away the cold with an all-natural body wrap. Call for hours; qigong $8, wrap $90; 3944 N. Mississippi Ave.; 503/517-8222.

Hipcooks A hit in Los Angeles with its slate of fun cooking classes, like Healthy, Fresh and Zingy, Hipcooks is scheduled to open this month in the Hub building. From $55; 3808 N. Williams, Ste. 120

The Waypost Creative types come to this coffeehouse for locally produced wine and beer, as well as live music, lectures, and classic-movie screenings. $; 3120 N. Williams

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