The city’s oldest neighborhood is filled with surprises. Find them all with the help of our handy itinerary.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Old Town Chinatown
Discover the secrets of this central-city district, from sneaker shops to traditional teahouses.
By Molly Woodstock | Nov. 15, 2016 (updated Jan. 20, 2017)
Helmed by a former Nike shoe designer and decorated with vintage Michael Jordan memorabilia, this one-of-a-kind coffeehouse doubles as a gathering place for “sneakerheads” and local footwear employees from Adidas, Under Armour and Columbia (to name just a few).
Originally founded as a retailer of Japanese vinyl toys in 2002, this Old Town stalwart now curates a trend-setting collection of emerging local and international streetwear brands, plus a mezzanine packed with rotating art exhibitions and pop-up shops.
Frequently named one of the best comic book shops in America, this hip comic headquarters also stocks zines, graphic novels, international art magazines and even new and used vinyl. But wait, there’s more: They also serve as an indie publisher and art gallery.
In 1999, a team of experts traveled to Portland from our sister city in Suzhou, China, to build an authentic, 40,000-square-foot (3716 sq m) Ming Dynasty-style garden. Today, visitors escape the bustle of the surrounding city to admire tranquil pools and seasonal foliage while wandering the grounds.
The flagship location of celebrated heirloom brand Pendleton Woolen Mills features the company’s complete line of American-made blankets, home goods and woolen clothing, all colorfully patterned with Native American-inspired prints.
Self-proclaimed geeks of all kinds celebrate video gaming’s golden age at this two-story arcade, which boasts nearly 90 classic video games and pinball machines, plus a full-service bar, tasty snacks and live entertainment.
End your evening with glitz, glamour and a bit of risqué humor brought to you by an all-star cast of female impersonators (including Darcelle, the country’s oldest performing drag queen) at the West Coast’s longest running drag show.
Old Town Chinatown