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Shopping in Downtown Portland Oregon

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Visitors always enjoy shopping in Portland and Oregon since they can save a significant chunk of change - there is no sales tax. Downtown Portland is rich in fantastic shopping opportunities. Throw in downtown's walk-ability and the many parks and eateries where you can refresh and recharge and you have everything you need for a fun day of shopping.

Here are your best shopping options in downtown Portland:

The Pearl District

Located just north of Portland's downtown core, the old and industrial Pearl District has been fully transformed into a chic retail and residential area and is one of Portland's hottest neighborhoods. You'll find many upscale national chain stores, such as Anthropologie, Sur la Table, and Lululemon, as well as shops for such Portland-based companies as Keen footwear and Hanna Andersson. There are also plenty of unique and locally-owned businesses like EcoVibe Apparel and NobaL Home.

Pioneer Place Mall

Pioneer Place is an indoor, multi-level mall that occupies two city blocks. The two buildings are connected by skywalks. Inside you'll find an open atrium with stores all around. A food court is located in the bottom level of mall. The Regal Pioneer Place Stadium 6 movie theater is located on the fourth level of the southern building. Most of the stores inside Pioneer Place are typical of what you might find in any urban mall, and include such retailers as Apple, Brookstone, Game Stop, and J Crew. More local shops within Pioneer Place are Made in Oregon and Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe.

Powell's City of Books

Travel Section at Powell's City of Books © Angela M. Brown (2007)
Travel Section at Powell's City of Books
Book lovers will adore everything about Powell's City of Books, the world's largest independent bookstore. And large it is, with color-coded rooms sprawled across multiple levels of an entire city block. Major sections of the main Powell's store - there are 4 other, smaller locations around town - are devoted to children's books, history, travel, and art. Sci-fi and fantasy fans will enjoy their huge selection as well as the gold section's structural columns, where hundreds of the genre's authors have inked their signature. Powell's also has a wonderful selection of gift items, toys, bags, and reading accessories.

Portland Saturday Market

Portland Saturday Market (Angela M. Brown 2012)
Portland Saturday Market

First thing you need to know - the Portland Saturday Market runs on both Saturdays and Sundays from March through Christmas of each year. Once located under Burnside Bridge, it has now relocated to nearby Tom McCall Waterfront Park's open plaza. Free to the public, the Portland Saturday Market offers booths featuring the wares of local artists and craftspeople. You'll find one-of-a-kind clothing, pet toys, art jewelry, blown glass, fine photography, and local foods.

The Skidmore Market, a less selective and more commercial open air market place, takes place adjacent to the official Portland Saturday Market around the Skidmore Fountain.

The Real Mother Goose

One of my favorite stores in Portland (or anywhere), The Real Mother Goose features "Fine American Craft." If you're looking for that special something that will complete an outfit or your home's decor, there's a good chance you'll find it here. The Real Mother Goose is filled with the amazing works of talented craftspeople working in wood, ceramics, metals, fibers, glass, and more. Even if you don't purchase anything, The Real Mother Goose is worth visiting for the abundance of colorful items that range from jewelry to clothing to home furnishings. Artists will find plenty of creative inspiration, and stand in awe of the wonderful craftsmanship displayed.
The Real Mother Goose Downtown Gallery
901 SW Yamhill Street
Portland, OR 97205

Flagship Stores

Flagship stores for several well-known local companies, most selling sportswear, are located in downtown Portland. What is a flagship store? It is a particularly large or prominent location for a retailer.

  • Filson - heirloom-quality clothing, outdoor wear, and luggage
    526 NW 13th Ave
  • Columbia Sportswear - two floors offering the season's new coats and clothing
    911 SW Broadway
  • Nike Portland - a showplace for Nike products, past and present
    638 SW 5th Ave
  • REI - the full range of gear and services in a new LEED-certified building
    1405 NW Johnson St
  • Pendleton Home Store - blankets, bedding, and home furnishings from the famous woolen mills
    210 NW Broadway

University Fan Stores

While neither of Oregon's major state universities are located in Portland, both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have stores in downtown. Both are packed with fan gear of all kinds, from T-shirts and sweatshirts to gift items and auto accessories.

Portland Farmers Market

The Portland Farmers Market takes place at a few different downtown locations, varying by day and time of year. Since the region is known for its wonderful food and drink, you know this farmers market has to be something special. In addition to produce of all kinds, you'll find cheese, baked goods, specialty meats, nuts, and more.

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