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 and streetwear shopping hub, and is home to Portland’s famous Saturday Market, Chinatown Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden. Read on for our favorite things to do and see in Portland’s historic Old Town Chinatown.

Short-Term Rentals in Old Town Chinatown

Use the links below to search for short-term vacation rental listings in and near Old Town Chinatown.

Things to do 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.

  • Hello From Portland

    Featuring locally made coffee, treats, souvenirs and apparel, Hello From Portland is the perfect gift shop for visitors who want to send a friendly hello to family and friends while visiting the Pacific Northwest.

  • Upper Playground

    Portland owned and operated since 2006, Upper Playground offers T-shirts, hoodies, art prints, magnets, stickers and gifts.

  • 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.