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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Andy and Bax

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This Army/Navy outdoors store has good prices on camo gear, rafting supplies, and just about everything else you could need as a backpacker...

Cloud Cap Games

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There's more than just run-of-the-mill board games at Cloud Cap. For children and grown-ups alike, the games here challenge the mind...

ExLibris Anonymous

  • Books/Stationery

Journals and sketchbooks are the focus at ExLibris Anonymous, which is filled with thousands of recycled books with colorful, kitschy,...

Herbivore Clothing

  • Clothing

An animal-rights-minded shop in the Central East Side, Herbivore is a terrific resource if you're seeking clothing and accessories—from...

House of Vintage

  • Antiques/Collectibles

This mammoth 13,000-square-foot shop, just down the street from one of the better Goodwill shops in the city, is de rigueur among vintage...

Imelda's Shoes and Louie's Shoes For Men

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Upscale boutique Imelda's has funky, fun shoes for women, and its adjacent brother shop, Louie's, offers the same style and flair in...

Kids at Heart

  • Toys

This small, colorful toy store sells models and stuffed animals as well as other toys. ...


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This small, somewhat under-the-radar, upscale, men's clothier carries arguably the best selection of fashion-forward, emerging labels...


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A tiny but impressively stocked boutique in a charming, old, Craftsman-style house that also houses the excellent Hazel Room café, Mag-Big...

Mink Boutique

  • Clothing

Named for owner Carla Mink (they don't sell fur coats), this trendy boutique in the heart of Hawthorne carries an impressive roster of...