Portland Shopping

The shopping landscape in Portland has changed significantly in recent years, perhaps not quite as dramatically as the much-buzzed-about culinary scene, but in similar (pardon the pun) fashion. Specifically, those same hip and indie-spirited neighborhoods around the city that have become hot spots for food and drink—areas like the Pearl District, downtown West End, Alberta, North Mississippi,

and Central East Side—are also enjoying a steady influx of distinctive, well-curated boutiques specializing in edgy fashion and jewelry, handcrafted home accessories and household goods, and artisanal foods.

The city’s longstanding shopping hubs, including the downtown core, Nob Hill, and the Hawthorne District continue to support a number of both established and up-and-coming retailers, too. Generally speaking, you’ll find more of Portland’s nationally known chain stores in these traditional commercial districts, especially around downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Pearl District (particularly the lower half of the neighborhood, nearest Burnside Street), and along the lower blocks of Nob Hill’s N.W. 23rd Avenue. Additionally, on the East Side, the prosaic but convenient Lloyd Center Mall and surrounding neighborhood has plenty of chain stores.

Keep in mind that Portland has no sales tax, which can translate to huge savings for visitors; it’s one reason you might even plan to set aside some time browsing in chain shops that you already have back home.

Downtown Portland merchants are generally open Monday–Saturday between 9 or 10 am and 6 pm, and on Sunday noon–6. Smaller, independent retailers often keep limited or somewhat unpredictable hours—many establishments in the laid-back and quirky East Side neighborhoods don’t open until 11 or noon, and some stay open until 7 or 8; these sorts of places also sometimes close one or two days a week, usually either Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. It’s always best to call first before making a special trip to visit a shop.

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The Meadow

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Food writer Mark Bitterman knows a thing or two about salt—he's written two popular books on the subject, and he's the owner of this...

The Real Mother Goose

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Selling mostly handcrafted, unique artistic pieces, current collections can include woodworking, furniture, blown glass and jewelry.

Thinker Toys

  • Toys

Billing itself as Portland's "most hands-on store," Thinker Toys offers puppets, games, educational toys, and a large wooden playhouse...


  • Household Items/Furniture

With wares that could work just as well in an urban loft as in a cozy country cottage, this compact storefront space is filled with a...


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Carrying fun and stylish designer clothing you might describe Tumbleweed as "country chic," for the woman who likes to wear flirty feminine...


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This huge space in Nob Hill is well stocked with contemporary American ceramics, glass, furniture, sculpture, and handcrafted jewelry...

Under U4 Men

  • Clothing

With an exhaustive selection of trendy men's underwear, this boutique has a strong following with Portland's gay community, but any guy...

Union Rose

  • Clothing

For distinctive women's fashion and accessories designed and made in Portland, check out this boutique in up-and-coming Montavilla. Though...

Union Way

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A modern take on an old-fashioned European shopping arcade, this indoor alley—which opened in 2013—spans one block from Stark to...

Zelda's Shoe Bar

  • Clothing

This boutique in Nob Hill carry a sophisticated, highly eclectic line of women's clothes, accessories, and shoes, with names like Camper,...


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