Portland

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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  • 1. Altar

    Hawthorne District | Clothing

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

  • 2. Frances May

    Downtown | Clothing

    Located in the hip West End section of Downtown, this grandmother-and-granddaughter-owned clothing store is a favorite of stylish local men...Read More

  • 3. Machus

    Southeast | Clothing

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

  • 4. Portland Pendleton Shop

    Downtown | Clothing

    This store stocks clothing by the famous local apparel maker, whose woolen mills were established in 1863 and continue to produce sturdy, brightly...Read More

  • 5. Wildfang

    Southeast | Clothing

    This edgy fashion label and shop run by self-proclaimed "tomboys" and "modern-day female Robin Hoods" has earned an international reputation...Read More

  • 6. Herbivore Clothing

    Southeast | Clothing

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

  • 7. House of Vintage

    Hawthorne District | Household Items/Furniture

    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 aficionados...Read More

  • 8. Lizard Lounge

    Pearl District | Clothing

    Shop until your caffeine levels drop at this expansive men's and women's fashion source in the Pearl, where staff will pour you a complimentary...Read More

  • 9. Magpie

    Downtown | Clothing

    For funky vintage garb that dates from the '50s through the '90s look no further than this compact magpie's nest. Jewelry, shoes, dresses, coats...Read More

  • 10. Mario's

    Downtown | Clothing

    Portland's best store for fine men's and women's clothing, Mario's carries designer lines by Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, and Loro Piana...Read More

  • 11. Mink Boutique

    Southeast | 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 contemporary...Read More

  • 12. Nau

    Pearl District | Clothing

    Specializing in men's and women's sustainable clothing, from rugged hoodies and urbane down jackets to dressier threads made with cotton, Tencel...Read More

  • 13. Nike Portland

    Downtown | Clothing

    It's safe to assume that Nike's flagship retail store, just a short drive from the company's mammoth HQ campus in Beaverton, has the latest...Read More

  • 14. Portland Outdoor Store

    Downtown | Clothing

    If you want authentic western gear—saddles, Stetsons, boots, or cowboy shirts—head to this old-school, no-nonsense store which stubbornly resists...Read More

  • 15. Sloan Boutique

    Nob Hill | Clothing

    Set among the several fine clothiers on the 700 and 800 blocks of N.W. 23rd Avenue, Sloan Boutique carries a good mix of affordable women's...Read More

  • 16. Suite 6 Boutique

    Northeast | Clothing

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

  • 17. Tumbleweed

    Northeast | Clothing

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

  • 18. Under U4 Men

    Downtown | Clothing

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

  • 19. Union Rose

    Southeast | Clothing

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

  • 20. Zelda's Shoe Bar

    Nob Hill | Clothing

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

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