Portland's Pearl District is a compact area where you can find the best of the city's beer, artisan shopping and restaurants.
Beards, bikes, “Portlandia.” Portland is known for many things. But, arguably, its three best attributes are its beer, artisan shopping and restaurants.
Venture into the Pearl District for easy access to all three. Once home to warehouses and light industry, the area’s low-slung brick buildings are now filled with hip boutiques, up-and-coming restaurants and the state’s brewing heavy-hitters. Here’s where to go.
Stop at Oblation for its sweet and irreverent stationary, as well as a counter of refurbished vintage typewriters for sale (there’s even a typing station outside — SO “Portlandia”).
Visit Moule for a well-curated women’s clothing section featuring Vancouver designers Rachel Mara and Tana + bee. Porch Light, one block down, is the place for eclectic home gifts and minimalist jewelry.
Campers should not miss Snow Peak, a Japanese outfitter whose only store outside of Asia is in Portland. The line includes the outdoor basics, along with unique items such as a premium-denim apparel and a titanium saké bottle.
No visit to the Pearl — or Portland — would be complete without a stop at Powell’s City of Books. The indie bookstore is huge but welcoming with staff picks in every section to help narrow down the choices. There are also Northwest- and literary-themed gifts galore.
For fine fare, visit the Mediterranean Exploration Company, serving Moroccan brick chicken, octopus salad and other refined eastern Mediterranean dishes. For lunch or a casual dinner, try TILT, a modern diner with a huge pie case, full coffee bar and gorgeous industrial setting.