One of the most diverse areas in the metro area, Cully is also the largest neighborhood in Northeast Portland. It was built on the site of a longstanding Chinook village, Neerchokikoo, but named after an early English settler — a stonemason named Thomas Cully.
Cully Central is a beer garden and restaurant that serves flavorful Laotian street food. Its lovely outdoor space is heated and has a communal vibe. Try the crispy rice salad or the Khao Poon (chicken curry-based Lao Noodle Soup).
Bison Coffeehouse is Portland’s only Native-owned coffeehouse. Frequently hosting community events, they serve coffee beverages from single-source, Native, and local roasters. Their secret weapon is their tasty house-made baked goods.
Where to Shop
For lovers of flora and foliage, visit what I unofficially call The Cully Garden Corner, all conveniently located next to each other. The Cully Farm Store has everything you need to create your own urban farm or a small garden — from beekeeping supplies to plant starters and fertilizers to garden tool repair.
Portland Bloem is just one of the shops on The Cully Garden Corner. (Claudia Meza / City Cast Portland)
Where to Go
Cully was known for being an agricultural area back in the day, but ironically, it’s now one of Portland’s most public-green-space-deprived neighborhoods. Cully still has great parks, though. Kʰunamokwst Park, named after the Chinook word meaning ”together,” offers fully accessible play areas, newer playground equipment, covered picnic tables, a skatepark, and splash pads.
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