The Belmont area is pretty awesome. It's very walkable. There are many grocery stores, farmer's markets, food co-ops, urban farming stores, vintage clothing and furniture shops, parks, independent movie theaters and oodles of cafes, restaurants, food carts, and bicycles. I love to utilize the Multnomah County Library, and that's also nearby.
Julie's Guide to Belmont
1. Go-to Shop for Gifts
NOUN: 3300 Southeast Belmont Street
A person's place for things and presents of mind.
2. Best Vintage Shop, Thrift Store, or Flea Market
MONTICELLO ANTIQUE MALL: 8600 SE Stark Street
Also The White Rabbit and estate sales.
3. Favorite Bookstore
POWELL'S GARDEN BOOKS: 3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
And Periodicals Paradise.
4. Favorite Coffee Shop, Café, or Restaurant
HEART COFFEE ROASTERS: 2211 E. Burnside
Also Stumptown and Stumptown Annex, Little T's Bakery, Ken's Artisan Pizza, Navarre, Meat.Cheese.Bread, Pyro Pizza, and Yoko's.
5. Best Hardware/Paint Store
REJUVINATION: 1100 SE Grand Avenue
Also Hippo Hardware, Ace on Hawthorne.
6. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries
PASTAWORKS: 731 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Also New Seasons, Zupan's, People's Food Co-op, Buckman Farmer's Market.
7. Best Place to Buy Flowers
FARMER'S MARKET: SE 20th & Salmon between SE Belmont & SE Hawthorne
Also Zupan's, Pastaworks.
8. Best Neighborhood Park
LAURELHURST: SE 39th Ave & Stark St.
Also Mt. Tabor, Colonel Sumners.
9. Best Spot to Take Visitors
12TH & HAWTHORNE FOOD CARTS: SE 12th and Hawthorne
Also the view from Mt. Tabor.