With a booming local makers’ scene, lots of big-name brands and absolutely no sales tax, Portland is a shoppers’ delight. You’ll find unbeatable shopping experiences all around town; here are a few neighborhoods and destinations (outlet malls, anyone?) not to miss.
Downtown Portland, the city’s retail core, boasts a wide array of shopping options, from department stores such as Nordstrom, Mario’s and major international retailers like Pioneer Place mall (see below) to the boutiques and specialty shops of the West End.
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Downtown Portland’s home for big-brand shopping, Pioneer Place houses major brands like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Camper, J. Crew, H&M, Apple and Zara (opening winter 2018). In addition to more than 75 stores, the multi-block shopping center has an expansive food court, movie theater and restaurant/entertainment complex.
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A modern arcade connecting downtown Portland’s West End with the Pearl District, Union Way houses several small shops, including local brands Danner, Bridge & Burn and Boxer Ramen.
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The Pearl District is renowned for national and international brands (Fjallraven, Snow Peak, Anthropologie) as well as homegrown favorites like the iconic Powell’s City of Books, fashion-forward boutiques, interior design shops and art galleries. Tired of walking? Step aboard the Portland Streetcar, which runs through the neighborhood.
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OLD TOWN CHINATOWN
To load up on made-in-Portland souvenirs, look no further than this district, Portland’s original downtown. Buy directly from local artisans at Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market, open every Saturday and Sunday, March-Dec. 24. Founded by the Martinez family in 1969, Orox Leather Co. is a longtime Saturday Market vendor that opened a storefront in 2012, selling sandals, wallets, bags, belts and more. Tradition meets modern style at Kiriko, an upscale boutique that reimagines fashion using vintage Japanese textiles.
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NOB HILL/NORTHWEST PORTLAND
The centerpieces of this Victorian-lined residential area are vibrant Northwest 23rd and 21st avenues, packed with whimsical boutiques, national retailers and restaurants with sidewalk seating ideal for people-watching. Pop into specialty store Lena Medoyeff for high-end women’s apparel. Round out the day with visits to big-name chains like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.
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The largest mall in the state houses more than 150 stores, a 10-screen movie theater and an indoor ice rink. Located near the Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd Center is easily accessed from downtown via MAX light rail.
If you’re “so over” the traditional mall format, 811 E. Burnside St. in the Central Eastside is just what the doctor ordered. This indie mall of sorts is home to several local apparel shops and accessory designers like Haunt, plus a good selection of vintage threads.
Just 30 minutes south of Portland directly off of Interstate 5, Woodburn Premium Outlets is the largest tax-free outlet in the West. Pull in for sought-after style from more than 100 stores like Columbia Sportswear, Adidas and Banana Republic, often at deep discounts.
The Columbia Gorge Outlets, 25 minutes east of Portland, features Adidas, Gap, Levi’s, Coach and 40 more big brands.
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North Portland’s Jantzen Beach Center, just south of Vancouver, Washington, is an expansive outdoor mall with nearly 30 stores. The big brands on offer include Lane Bryant, TJ Maxx and Ulta Beauty.
Conveniently located along the MAX light rail Red Line, two stops away from Portland International Airport, Cascade Station is one of Portland’s top spots for big-box shopping. The Northeast Portland shopping features 46 stores, including Oregon’s only IKEA, as well as Best Buy and the Banana Republic Factory Store.
Southwest of Portland, Bridgeport Village features 70 upscale shops in an open-air setting, while Tigard’s Washington Square Mall is home to five department stores, as well as more than 170 specialty stores, including Sephora, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn.
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