In the Pearl, loading docks and cobblestone streets hint at this former warehouse district’s past, while stylish bars and gleaming lofts point toward the future. Read on for our favorite things to do and see in Northwest Portland’s Pearl District.
Where to Eat and Drink in the Pearl District
Sip an espresso from Barista or La Perlita. If you’re looking for less caffeine find your way to Tea Bar for a matcha latte. Nuvrei has beautiful French-style pastries, and if you’re looking for a sunny lunch spot with outdoor seating, Lovejoy Bakers, offers a wide array of freshly baked bread and creative sandwiches. At Andina enjoy live Latin-inspired music at the adjoining Bar Mestizo before dining on cebiche, tamales, empanadas and other Novo-Andean tapas dishes at this celebrated Peruvian restaurant. Other Pearl favorites are Khao San serving authentic Thai food served in a Thai street-setting, pizza and Northern Italy style pasta dishes are on the menu at Montesacro Pinseria PDX, Break Bread serves up Portland-style subs on local breads, and get your fill of sustainably source fish at Yama Sushi and Sake Bar. And for dessert, try Cool Moon Ice Cream.
Acclaimed restaurants, brewpubs and neighborhood eateries occupy loading docks and sleek new buildings in this former industrial zone.
The Pearl District offers arts-lovers myriad options — but beer aficionados and playful tots are covered, too.
The walkable Pearl District houses national retailers and local favorites, from a vast independent bookstore to stylish boutiques.
Things To Do in the Pearl District
The Pearl District was once the art mecca of Portland, though you can find incredible artists and makers all over Portland these days, the Pearl still boasts some of the best galleries and a time-old tradition, First Thursday Street Gallery, when the galleries open their doors after hours and local artists flock to the streets to showcase their work.
Portland Center Stage at the Armory brings classic and contemporary theater in a beautifully transformed former armory, featuring a large stage and a smaller black box stage in the lower level. True to its origins, Portland Center Stage started as a mostly classical theater company, now commissioning its own plays from leading national playwrights and bringing the best new work to town from around the country.
Find Powell’s City of Books and Oblation Paper & Press, among blocks of big brand stores for all your shopping needs from sports and outdoor wear to shoes, dresses and jeans.
Portland’s compact, walkable downtown offers easy access to great food, green spaces, cultural offerings and tax-free shopping. Browse the city’s most diverse mix of retail brands, see a show and grab a bite at a food cart or fine restaurant.
Today, Portland’s original downtown is a bustling entertainment district, home to Portland's famous Saturday Market, Chinatown Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden.
Old Portland charm lives through the repurposed Victorian homes, now boutiques and restaurants which line the streets of Portland's Northwest district with sophisticated shopping, dining, an urban forest and breathtaking views of the city.
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