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Shopping in Portland is unlike shopping anywhere else in the U.S. and you can pretty much find anything here. Local businesses are a big part of PDX and Portlanders really value the opportunity to support locals. Fashion is an important part of people’s identities here. Portland is home to the most Project Runway winners, so you can see creativity flows through this city. You can expect to find tons of unique pieces while out shopping the streets. Oregon has NO sales tax which definitely makes it worth checking out, just for the money you’ll save and that you get to support local, small business owners. Most of the shopping areas are walkable so you can take the day to get in some exercise and explore the shops (as part of an active, healthy lifestyle, of course).
Retailers were recently allowed to re-open, except for malls. The new protocols are strict and require you to wear a mask when in the stores. Every week new stores are opening back up, so make sure you check out their websites and Instagram pages for the latest hours, operating days, and safety measures.
Alberta Arts District
This quirky neighbourhood is located in Northeast PDX. As the name suggests, this district is an artists haven! Here you’ll find jewellery, camping gear, one-of-a-kind clothing pieces and of course ART! Frock Boutique is a highly recommended store to check out here, the locals adore it just as much as the tourists because they feature lots of independent designers.
Hawthorne district is located in Southeast Portland. This is an amazing area for thrift shopping and exploring boutiques. One store, House of Vintage, actually has a special team of buyers that go out and curate the best pieces to get for the store. Vintage City and Asylum are also highly recommended stores to visit here if you love vintage and thrift shopping. You’ll also find one of the famous Powell’s City of Books locations here. This location specializes in home and garden books and is absolutely worth a visit if that’s what you’re looking for. Interested in another topic? Keep reading because there are more locations all throughout the city!
Obviously, you have to check out downtown. There’s so much to do and see downtown, you might even get distracted from shopping for a bit. When you eventually find your way back to the shops, there’s lots of options depending on what you’re looking for that day. There’s also a mall, Pioneer Place, and I highly suggest checking out the local stores as well. Oh, and of course there’s another Powell’s City of Books here, this location carries over 2 million books!
If you’re looking for more high-end, modern options then Pearl District is the place to check out. They also have some cool Indie shops that you can peruse through as well. And, you guessed it, there’s another Powell’s Books here. This one takes up an entire block and with about 1 million books it’s the largest new & used bookstore in the world. Try not to get lost as you can easily spend an entire day looking through all the options. Overall The Pearl is an upscale district, where you can still find some great unique pieces too.
If you love a good outlet deal then check out Woodburn Premium Outlets and Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets. Neither are far from Portland and it makes for a nice little day trip. They both have lots of brand name choices to save you money, especially with no sales tax (in case you forgot).
With so much selection in Portland, it’s almost impossible not to buy something (unless you have great willpower). After checking out all these places you’re guaranteed to be exhausted and maybe running out of money. However, you’ll have some great new (or old) pieces to show for a successful day of shopping! And hopefully some great memories too!