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Portland Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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From shabby chic boutiques to big brand stores, Portland is a popular destination for shopping, with zero sales tax and an exciting array of shops. There are plenty of modern malls and upmarket shopping streets where you'll find your favorite designers, but the real gems of Portland are found down side streets where hipsters shop for unique vintage finds, and have a keen eye for up and coming trends.
Pearl District

 

 

The hip Pearl District is full of converted warehouses and industrial buildings that have been turned into independent boutiques and colorful vintage stores stuffed with rare finds. Portland's reputation as a culture capital is kept alive by Powell's City of Books, which takes up a whole block, and is the largest independent bookstore in the world and is a city icon. As for clothes, you'll find everything here from adorable swimwear to retro dresses that will make you look like you've stepped out of a 50s magazine. Antiques, comic books, and other collectibles are all on offer as well.

 

Northwest Portland

 

 

The Victorian-era storefronts of Northwest Portland make it an ideal area for vintage shops, and you'll find many hipsters enjoying the eclectic stores. However, there are also big brand names in the area, and you'll find some of the regular high street favorites sitting right alongside more unusual stores. It's also a popular spot for handmade accessories, with local artisans offering colorful gems, not to mention antique engagement and wedding rings. The Portland-made extras also offer urban chic – think leather crossbody bags and casually cool hobo purses.

 

Mississippi

 

 

The Mississippi area is the perfect spot for vinyl enthusiasts, with shabby chic stores full of retro records and cassettes, and the iconic Mississippi Records offering listening stations for lovers of analog media. The area has a charming small town vibe so take your time and have a good amble around – there's old printing presses being used to create gifts and cards, and cluttered curio shops where you'll find no end of keepsakes to commemorate your trip to this hipster capitals of the United States.

 

Shopping tips

 

 

Remember that there's no sales tax in Portland; the price on the tag is the price you pay. On warm days, you should definitely seek out one of the city's buzzing markets. The Portland Saturday Market has been running for decades and is heaving with vibrant stalls selling everything from sizzling sausages to uber-cool ornaments that'll swank up any living room. When exploring Portland, take an umbrella with you – it’s what savvy visitors do, as they know the weather can be as unpredictable as the bohemian locals.