Cosmic Soda Pop & Candy Shop
(formerly Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop)
817 SE 34th Avenue (between Belmont and Morrison)
Portland, Oregon 97214
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
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Candy money: $$
With more than 200 varieties of unique and hard-to-find bottled sodas, more retro candy than you could ever desire, a counter-service soda fountain with floats, malts, shakes and egg creams, how could you go wrong?!
Also, did I mention the shrine to Portland icon â€œRamblinâ€™ Rodâ€ (the charismatic hero to children growing up in PDX from the â€˜70s to the â€˜90s*)?
Seriously, what could be more fun than that??!!
Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, which opened in January in the Belmont Dairy Building, offers a convenient trip back to your childhood and a place for modern kids to explore some sweet treats from the past.
Thereâ€™s free Wi-Fi and lots of space to peruse the products or simply sit, relax and enjoy a fountain drink.
This is a great place to stop on a rainy afternoon or a cool destination for a weekend bike rideâ€¦or just pop in anytime you are looking for some fun!
My only complaint is that I found TOO much candy I wanted to buy, and they don’t currently seem to offer baskets to carry around as you explore the storeâ€”but you can stash your growing candy pile at the counter while you shop.
[*Note: I was a Ramblin’ Rod Smile Contest winner, but my sugar-conscious mother never let me drink the Pop Shoppe grape soda I received as my prize. I guess I can have all the Pop Shoppe grape soda I want now!! Take that, Mom! â˜º]