Old Town Chinatown

Discover the secrets of this historic central-city district, from handmade goods to a traditional garden.

Today, Portland’s original downtown is a bustling entertainment district, home to Portland’s famous Saturday Market, Chinatown Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Attractions in Old Town Chinatown

This historic neighborhood is home to some of the city's most iconic attractions and landmarks.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Old Town Chinatown

The city’s oldest neighborhood is filled with surprises. Find them all with the help of our handy itinerary.

Where to stay

Staying in vibrant Northwest Portland, which includes the Pearl District and Old Town Chinatown, guarantees a great sampling of the city's cultural offerings, including fine dining, art and nature.

Explore Old Town Chinatown

Dig into some of the neighborhood's top food, drink and things to see.

Old Town Chinatown Dining

Portland's oldest neighborhood is home to historic restaurants, contemporary eateries and one of the world's most famous doughnut shops.

Old Town Chinatown Shopping

If you're looking to load up on made-in-Portland souvenirs, unusual artwork and Northwest heritage home goods, look no further than Old Town Chinatown.

Old Town Chinatown Activities

The area where Portland started is just as vital today, housing some of the city's most beloved attractions, nightlife options and art galleries.

5 To Try

Cool Shopping

Old Town Chinatown is the place to find locally-made souvenirs, eclectic artwork and heritage goods.

  • Orox Leather Co.

    Following in the footsteps of the proprietor's great-grandfather, all Orox Leather creations are made by hand by a practiced craftsman. Their products are made with domestically sourced leather and sustainable (often even recycled) trappings.

  • Compound Gallery

    At Compound Gallery, American and Japanese pop culture come together in the colorful form of novelty goods, toys, art publications and streetwise apparel, including a collection of hard-to-find Nike footwear.

  • Upper Playground

    At Upper Playground you will find all the Portland and Northwest designed t-shirts, hoodies, art prints, magnets, stickers, and special gifts you are looking for, all of which are created by local, national and international artists.

  • Floating World Comics

    Calling itself "the record store of comic stores," this airy comic book store houses an inventory of obscure titles shelved alongside mainstream selections, plus volumes of cutting-edge graphic art and design.

  • Cal Skate Skateboards

    Oregon's oldest skateboard shop has been serving Portland since 1976. They stock more than 300 different decks and an ever-growing inventory of longboards, cruisers and pro models.

Portland’s Entertainment District

On weekend nights, several blocks in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood are closed to cars, making it easy to visit the area's many dance clubs and bars.

Sneakerhead Scene

Home to sneaker legend Nike, Portland is a hot-spot for footwear design enthusiasts.

The Portland Sneakerhead Scene

Casual collectors and seasoned sneakerheads can dive into the Portland sneakerhead scene at these Old Town Chinatown shops and businesses.

Sneaker Week

SneakerWeek PDX offers fun events for sneaker addicts and footwear newbies alike.

Portland Shoe and Sportswear Brands

Portland is the athletic gear capital of America. Here's where to shop for the best designed-in-Portland shoes and sportswear.