Portland's Unique Neighborhoods Each Offer a Distinctive Shopping Experience

Portland, Oregon is broken into districts and neighborhoods, each with their own flair.

Places such as the Alberta district, Historic Mississippi Avenue, Multnomah Village, and Hawthorne each have their own distinct business districts and vibe.  Even in Portland's central city neighborhoods such as Downtown and the Pearl District have uniquely different styles though it is an easy stroll from one to the other.

As one of the most walkable cities in America, most Portland neighborhoods are extremely pedestrian friendly. Wide varieties of shopping and dining are available within a few blocks. Dedicated bike lanes make cycling though the different communities smooth and fun. A plethora of independent cafes throughout Portland's many districts make it easy to grab a bite while browsing from store to store. While all the big, national chain department stores are here, Portland shopping is best experienced by visiting its many unique, independent shops and boutiques.  

Whether you are browsing through vintage vinyl at Mississippi Records, stocking up on summer reading at Powell's City of Books or splurging on bath bombs at Lush on NW 23rd ave, each Portland neighborhood has a wealth of treasures to explore. For those that enjoy a more traditional shopping experience we have included the three best shopping malls in the area. Bridgeport Village an outdoor mall, Washington Square Mall and Pioneer Place. 



Downtown Portland was designed with pedestrians in mind. A compact area with wide sidewalks, the city blocks are only 200 feet per side. Strolling from Waterfront Park, to Pioneer Square and into the Cultural District takes less than an hour...  Read More



Including four department stores, with one being the state's largest Nordstrom, Washington Square Mall draws patrons with its wealth of shopping opportunities and diverse merchandise. Over 170 specialty stores also call this landmark mall home....  Read More



Bridgeport Village is a lovely, sprawling outdoor mall that features a mix of local shops and nationwide retailers. Be sure to where your walking shoes, because there is a lot of places to visit here. At Bridgeport Village you can find popular...  Read More

Southwest Portland


Standing out from the surrounding suburbia, Multnomah Village feels like a small town unto itself. Secluded in the hills of Southwest Portland, the quaint, artsy business district is easy to overlook. But there are plenty to reasons to visit. ...  Read More



Northeast Alberta Street has become one of Portland's most funky and creative neighborhoods. Shops of handcrafted items and artsy boutiques mix with older stores and import goods. Food choices range from trendy pubs and hip cafes to traditional...  Read More



A diverse and inclusive neighborhood, Hawthorn is the kind of place a lot of people envision when they think of Portland. There is definitely a hippy, alternative, gay-friendly ethos in the area. This is reflected in the vintage clothing...  Read More



Located in the heart of downtown Portland near Pioneer Courthouse Square. This is downtown's primary shopping destination, spanning four city blocks and housing designer name brands and top quality dining and entertainment options. This is where...  Read More



North Mississippi Avenue has become one of Portland's coolest shopping destinations. The historic buildings that line the street now house an eclectic array of independent shops with an alternative style. Everything from handmade furniture to...  Read More

Pearl District – Northwest


The Pearl District is so-called because of the high-end lofts, art galleries and fancy boutiques found within the re-purposed warehouses. Once one of the centers of industry, the factories and warehouses have moved to Portland's outer reaches. ...  Read More



A string of trendy shops line NW 23rd and 21st avenues. Boarding the West Hills, grand historic homes occupy the higher elevations on the streets rising up the slopes. Shopping in the area is comprised of both a few fashionable chains like...  Read More


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan