The constantly evolving retail scene in downtown Portland means new shops and storefronts open at a dizzying pace. Don’t miss out on a minute of the fun. Our handy guide outlines a perfect afternoon shopping itinerary, from scoring indie clothing to handmade home pieces and urban outdoor gear. Fresh restaurants and bars means there are plenty of ways to treat yourself, too.
Shop, snack and sip in downtown Portland
Explore these central city spots for gifts and good eats.
Travel Portland Oct. 31, 2014 (updated Nov. 19, 2014)
Start the afternoon with a cozy lunch.
Set in classic Sentinel Hotel, which was renovated in 2014, Jackknife welcomes hungry shoppers with deep booths and an approachable menu loaded with comfort food and craft cocktails. Refuel with beer-battered artichoke, baskets of addictive waffle fries and a dynamite burger — choose between the equally scrumptious locally raised Rainier beef or vegan tempeh.
Head to the West End to hunt for made-in-Portland goods.
Camp vibes rule in this quirky and cool outdoor shop. Slip into one of Poler’s famous wearable sleeping bags, test out an eye-catching two-person tent and fend off biting winds with a new line of offbeat (yet functional) pizza-patterned Merino wool ninja suits.
Find a gift for a stylish girlfriend.
Like a mini-museum of global fashion, West End Select offers an expertly curated selection of cutting-edge looks and accessories. The constantly updated offerings might include Japanese street wear, white marble bangles, saltwater hairspray and even Chanel iPhone cases.
Expect the unexpected at this shop, which moved downtown in November 2014.
Don’t be fooled — this isn’t an open mic night, but rather a progressive and “willfully uncomprehensive” collection of uncommon clothing, accessories and offbeat publications — think oversized unisex tunics and vintage Monty Python paperbacks.
Discover a handcrafted treasure for your home.
Drawing its name from traditional woodworking techniques, the Joinery offers heirloom-quality furniture, from bedframes to bookcases, all handcrafted locally using sustainably harvested Pacific Northwest wood. (And yes, they’ll ship it home for you.) This pop-up showroom will be open at least through 2014 — after that, keep an eye out for a new permanent downtown location.
Tie it all up with a bow.
Drink to a job well done!
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