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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Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books

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Part art gallery, part store, this minimalist white-wall space on Alberta Street has monthly shows featuring edgy, contemporary art,...

Backyard Bird Shop

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Everything for the bird lover is here, including bird feeders, birdhouses, a huge supply of bird seed, and quality bird-theme gifts ranging...

Broadway Books

  • Books/Stationery

This fabulous independent bookstore near Lloyd Center mall has new and used books on all subjects, including the Pacific Northwest. The...

Last Thursday Arts Walk

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The Alberta Arts District hosts an arts walk on the last Thursday of each month. This quirky procession along 15 blocks of one of the...

Lloyd Center

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

On the MAX light-rail line, Lloyd Center has more than 170 shops (including Nordstrom, Sears, and Macy's), a food court, a multiscreen...

Nike Factory Store Portland

  • Outlet/Discount Stores

This discount outlet of the famed and locally based athletic retailer sells products that have been on the market six months or more.

Suite 6 Boutique

  • Clothing

The urbane, free-spirited fashions carried in this friendly Alberta Street boutique capture the essence of the neighborhood—many of...


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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...

Onda Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Emphasizing sustainable and fair trade practices, the Onda Gallery is a collective of Northwestern and Latin American artists. Gift items...

Talisman Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Formed in 1999, the cooperative Talisman Gallery showcases two artists each month—they may include local painters and sculptors. ...


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