The Pearl is one of Portland’s top shopping destinations. The walkable former warehouse district adjacent to downtown houses a wide range of national and international retailers, as well as homegrown favorites — from the world’s largest independent bookstore to locally owned boutiques.
Books & Gifts
There’s a reason Powell’s City of Books is universally loved by locals and visitors alike. The iconic, independently owned bookstore is larger than most city libraries, occupying five floors and an entire city block. Among the nine color-coded rooms, on-site coffee shop and a huge assortment of locally made gifts, even Kindle converts can go gaga. Not far away, Oblation Papers & Press also defies the digital world with a unique selection of timeless cards, journals and letterpress gifts.
Find stylish women’s clothing from local designers at Garnish Apparel. Overwhelmed by all the choices? Knowledgeable staff guide shoppers through a personalized shopping experience.
While Recycled Chic Boutique offers gently used, but still on-trend, designer denim, handbags and activewear.
Within a block of each other — and of Powell’s — you’ll find both an expansive outpost of Philadelphia-based Anthropologie, which offers boho-chic women’s clothing and home goods, and J. Crew sister brand Madewell.
Casual collectors and seasoned sneakerheads can dive into the Portland sneakerhead scene at these Old Town Chinatown shops and businesses.
Has trekking around Portland worn holes in your shoes? Head to these tax-free footwear staples and you’ll be back to exploring in no time!
Portland is the athletic gear capital of America. Here's where to shop for the best designed-in-Portland shoes and sportswear.
Athletic & Outdoors
The Pearl is packed with outdoor outfitters, including national retailers like Filson, The North Face and REI. New Zealand-based Icebreaker, which crafts base layers and more from merino wool, has its North American headquarters here.
You can also shop local brands like Nau that designs and produces eco-minded duds for men and women.
For a one-stop-shop, check out U.S. Outdoor. The independently owned outdoor retailer has been passionately gearing up Portlanders for the surrounding outdoor adventures since 1957.
Women can stock up on workout wear at two stores located in the same block of Northwest Couch Street. Next door, national brand Athleta stocks a full range of gear and offers free fitness classes. Two blocks away, Lululemon Athletica trades in yoga gear for women and men.
Portland-based shoemaker Keen Footwear has gone international, but you can still peruse their distinctive tough-but-stylish shoes at the flagship garage-themed retail space filled with salvaged metals and recycled bleacher seats that double as shoe-testing surfaces. Speaking of international footwear, did you know that Portland is the U.S. headquarters of Dr. Martens? Shop their iconic boots — and 200 more models — across the street from Powell’s.
For fashionable footwear, look no further than Halo Shoes, where you can find high-end brands with an emphasis on quality.
For the Home
At Cielo Home, housed in a renovated stable, lush linens, chandeliers and curiosities beckon shoppers to infuse their homes with the charms of yesteryear. West Elm is also nestled in the Brewery Blocks for furnishings and decor.
The Pearl District is home to many art galleries, including names like Froelick, Augen and Elizabeth Leach, which have become synonymous with Northwest arts. If you’re considering investing in art, Portland’s lack of sales tax promises immediate savings.
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