Portland Oregon Shopping
Shopping in Downtown Portland
Like shopping? You'll like Portland. Did you know that there's NO SALES TAX? So aside from having the most reasonably priced real estate in the West Coast of USA, we're also a shopping haven. You'll find all the major brand names, designer goods, and of course, our very own Columbia Sports Wear and Nike. Following is a run down of the "must go" shopping places in the various parts of Metro Portland.
Pioneer Place (on SW 4th and SW Morrison) - this is one of our nicest shopping malls. It houses Saks Fifth Avenue and other brand name retailers like the Gap, Sharper Image, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Guess, and Victoria's Secret. Across the street from the main building, you'll also find reknowned jeweller, Tiffany & Co. If you walk along Morrison and head west towards Broadway, you'll find Pioneer Square. Right across from Pioneer Square, there's Nordstrom, a huge Banana Republic and a jumbo Columbia Sports store. Continue along Morrison Street, between Broadway and 10th, you'll find may small and classy retailers for designer clothes, footwear, more jewellers, and some funky eye glass stores. Park your car in one of the many nearby SmartPark garages. You can redeem the first two hours of parking from many stores including Saks and Nordstroms.
If you're in the mood for some unconventional shopping like homemade soap, exotic fabric, candles, and some of the very best woodwork our country has to offer, you definitely need to visit the Portland Saturday Market. The market is located just under the Burnside Bridge between Naito Pkwy and SW 2nd. It's open from the first weekend of March till Christmas eve on Saturday from 10 - 5 and on Sundy from 11 - 4:30. You can ride the MAX rail for free within the Fareless Square from downtown Portland.
Okay, for those who like art, there's no place like the Pearl District. You'll find streets after streets of fine art galleries, designer furniture and lighting stores, and gourmet restaurants. This is the place to see and be seen. This area is composed of 50 city blocks of cool shopping and eating.
Remember that the first Thursday of every month, most art galleries stay open late to showcase their talented artists. Many people go gallery hopping sampling free wine and cheese. Within the Pearl, you'll also find the world’s largest independent bookstore called Powell's. The store occupies the entire city block and it certainly is another "must visit" for book lovers.
There's a dazzling neighborhood just west of the Pearl District called NW 23rd, aka Nob Hill. This district has is both bohemian and upscale. It's full of funky stores with names like 3 Monkeys. There're also Yoga studios, rows of both gourmet restaurants or pizzas by the slice. In the summer, you'll see Al-Fresco dining all over the streets. Just 2 blocks east on NW 21st, you'll find more gourmet restaurants and bakeries. There's also a high concentration of historic buildings from duplexes to Victorian mansions in this District.
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