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Downtown and Central City Shopping | The Official Guide to Portland

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Choose from indie boutiques and big-name brands in Portland’s city center.

Thanks to a trove of design talent, half a dozen local designers have competed on Project Runway (with four of them nabbing the grand prize). This attention has translated into a surplus of places to suit up for day or night. Check out the central city’s top retail hubs for a mix of both name-brand designers and signature indie aesthetics.

West End

Within easy walking distance of central downtown and accessible by both the Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail, Portland’s burgeoning West End district is a true haute hot spot. Wildfang headlines the trendy cluster of shops with its iconic streetstyle apparel, shoes and accessories that transcend gender.

Woonwinkle, or “living shop” in Dutch, the home and accessories store offers modern and colorful goods with long-lasting appeal. Roam the airy space to find anything from colorful geometric clay earrings to an eye-popping vase ready to display in your living room.

Opened in summer 2013, Union Way occupies an alley between the Ace Hotel and Powell’s Books with a European-style arcade filled with shops and restaurants. The offerings include high-end denim from Self Edge, made-in-Portland Danner Boots and more.

Big Names

Portland is also home to big-name fashion houses. Nordstrom provides pure couture candy with legendary lines like Chanel and Gucci. Just blocks from the main store, fashion insiders snatch up apparel and accessories at up to 70% off original prices at Nordstrom Rack. Nearby, Pioneer Place spans four city blocks with more than 70 retailers, including Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Zara and H&M.

Coveted brands can also be found at luxury boutique Mario’s and women’s shop Mercantile. For unmentionables worth talking about, visit underU4men, North America’s largest men’s underwear store. Need new kicks? The flagship Nike Portland caters to runners in a museum-like space.

Pearl District

The Pearl District 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, Powell’s City of Books, to locally owned boutiques.

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.

  • Oblation Papers & Press

    Oblation employs antique machinery and old-world processes to press handcrafted, 100 percent recycled cotton paper into charming, modern stationery. The shop offers fine papers, artful cards and ephemera.

  • Garnish Apparel

    Garnish features fashion-forward women’s clothing and accessories designed in-house. Each limited-edition item is hand-produced in Portland.

  • Nau

    Nau (pronounced “now”) designs versatile, sustainable apparel. They strive to make long-lasting, stylish products that are always eco-friendly.

  • Halo Shoes

    Halo Shoes is a locally owned boutique specializing in small, unique designers, primarily from European countries such as Italy and Spain.

The Pearl is packed with outdoor outfitters, including national retailers like Filson. New Zealand-based Icebreaker, which crafts base layers and more from merino wool, has its North American headquarters here.

Stock up on workout wear at two stores located in the same block of Northwest Couch Street. National brand, Athleta, stocks a full range of gear and offers free fitness classes. Just 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.

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. Woman-owned SMG Collective showcases artisan-made rugs, poufs and more for the home.

Northwest/Nob Hill

In the Northwest neighborhood (also known as Nob Hill or the Alphabet District), century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques stand alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s paradise.

  • Budd + Finn

    Budd + Finn was born of the concept that the ideal shop should offer unique and well-designed products at affordable prices in an inviting, relaxed atmosphere. They offer art, accessories, stationery, gifts and more.

  • Urban Outfitters

    The international chain of trendy, youthful clothes is right at home amid boutiques and other shops on Portland’s trendy Northwest 23rd Ave. Find the latest men’s and women’s fashions as well as housewares and novelty items.

  • prAna

    This shop offers stylish and sustainably made clothes, swimwear, accessories, yoga mats and more. Check out their large selection of yoga and climbing gear.

  • Ether Shoes

    This locally owned boutique specializes in non-leather shoes and handbags. They also carry a selection of women’s apparel, hats, belts and jewelry.

  • Sloan Boutique – NW 23rd

    This locally owned and operated women’s boutique carries apparel, shoes and accessories for women of all ages and styles.

  • Kiehl’s

    Kiehl’s was founded in 1851 as an old-world apothecary (called Brunswick Apotheke) in New York’s East Village. Since then, the company has grown internationally and is beloved for its wide variety of natural skincare, body and hair products.

  • Lush

    Since it was founded in 1995 in Poole, England, LUSH has been creating natural, handmade soaps and beauty products around the world. Many of their products are made in solid form to reduce packaging waste.

  • Blush Beauty Bar

    This cosmetics boutique offers a full range of products from local and national brands, as well as a menu of services like eyebrow threading. Sample products and get recommendations from makeup experts to cosmetics designed for you.

  • Restoration Hardware

    Restoration Hardware is a luxury brand in the home furnishings marketplace offering furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, décor, outdoor and garden, as well as baby and child products.

  • Pottery Barn

    From the bedroom to the bath, the kitchen to the home office, the entryway to the backyard, this international home design company has everything you need to create your dream home — and to entertain in it.

At the top of Nob Hill and best known for its lines of Portland bridge-inspired bracelets, Betsy & Iya handcrafts each sought-after piece right on-site. Oregon-based gallery and boutique Twist stocks an impressive array of handcrafted jewelry and art pieces, and Gem Set Love, a go-to spot for estate engagement and wedding rings, is also a great place to treat yourself to a vintage or locally designed bracelet, necklace or pendant. And a pinnacle of Portland’s thriving DIY scene, Tender Loving Empire presents a plethora of gifts, t-shirts, jewelry, local music, housewares, cards and much more.

Make sure Rover looks just as fashionable as his owner by picking up one of Cycle Dog‘s stylish, eco-friendly collars, which are handmade made from the soft rubber of recycled bicycle tire tubes.

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