Pearl District Portland OR
The Pearl District is a vibrant and fashionable shopping district with hip brands, indie stores, and the gigantic Powell’s City of Books.
The Pearl’s numerous pubs and restaurants, ranging from craft breweries and artisan coffee shops to fine dining classics, are housed in reclaimed warehouse spaces.
Contemporary art, photography, and glass works are on display in galleries.
Families cool themselves in Jamison Square’s wading fountain throughout the summer.
Loading docks and cobblestone streets in the Pearl harken back to the district’s heyday as a warehouse district, while chic bars and shining apartments point to the future.
Continue reading to learn about our favorite things to do and see in Portland’s Pearl District.
Harlow Hotel is a boutique hotel in a historic building in the heart of the Pearl District.
Stay at a trendy hotel with a rooftop cafe and a basement bar at The Hoxton.
Take a sip of espresso at Barista or La Perlita.
If you want something with less caffeine, try a matcha latte at Tea Bar.
Nuvrei serves lovely French pastries, and Lovejoy Bakers, if you’re looking for a sunny lunch venue with outside seating, has a broad selection of freshly made bread and inventive sandwiches.
In Andina, dine on cebiche, tamales, empanadas, and other Novo-Andean tapas delicacies while listening to live Latin-inspired music at the adjacent Bar Mestizo.
Other Pearl favorites include Khao San, which serves authentic Thai food in a Thai street setting, Montesacro Pinseria PDX, which serves pizza and Northern Italian-style pasta dishes, Break Bread, which serves Portland-style subs on local breads, and Yama Sushi and Sake Bar, which serves sustainably sourced fish.
Cool Moon Ice Cream is a great dessert option.
Though incredible artists and makers can be found all over Portland these days, the Pearl District still has some of the best galleries and a time-honored tradition, First Thursday Street Gallery, when galleries open their doors after hours and local artists flock to the streets to showcase their work.
Touring events are presented in this magnificently restored former armory, which features a huge stage and a smaller black box stage in the lower level.
Among the blocks of large brand retailers, you’ll find Powell’s City of Books and Oblation Paper & Press for all your shopping needs, from sports and outdoor clothes to shoes, dresses, and jeans. Visit Southeast Portland.
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