This guide to the best places to go shopping in Portland will help you find many of the city’s trendiest malls and markets. The pedestrian-friendly urban center is home to some unique neighbourhoods, modern shopping malls, and bustling streets filled with boutique stores and big-name brands.

    You can find your favorite shops at large complexes like Pioneer Place and Washington Square. Portland also has trendy shopping districts like Nob Hill and the Pearl District, where you can find unique boutiques and art galleries. No matter what kind of shopping you’re looking for, Portland will have something to suit your needs.


    Pioneer Place

    The home of big-brand shopping in Downtown Portland

    Pioneer Place is a major shopping mall in the middle of Downtown Portland. You can find over 75 stores across the multi-block center. Some of the brands available at Pioneer Place include high-end names like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Motorcoach. You can also find big-name favorites, including H&M, Apple, Forever 21, and Nike.

    Pioneer Place is also home to a large food court and individual fast-food restaurants. If you’re traveling by automobile, the mall has an onsite and expansive paid parking garage, as well as very limited street parking nearby.

    Location: 700 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 503-228-5800


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    Lloyd Center

    One of Oregon’s biggest shopping malls

    Lloyd Center is one of the largest malls in Oregon. It’s located near the Oregon Convention Center, across the Willamette River. The huge complex houses over 150 stores, a 10-screen movie theater, an indoor ice-skating rink, a food court, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland.

    Surprisingly, you won't find any large department stores in this 3-storey mall, but there are plenty of shops to get what you’re looking for. Major stores include Barnes & Noble, H&M, Forever 21, Ross Dress for Less, Vans and Dollar Tree. The Regal Lloyd Center & IMAX showcase the latest blockbusters throughout the year.

    Location: 2201 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 503-282-2511


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    Downtown Portland

    The buzzing heart of the city

    Downtown Portland is the main retail core of Portland, offering a vast array of shopping options to suit a range of budget levels. It’s a very walkable city centre, so you can easily stroll between shops, restaurants, and various businesses.

    Downtown Portland has a few major department stores like Nordstrom and Mario's, as well as indoor malls and boutique stores. While Pioneer Square is arguably its main shopping hub, you can also find individual stores along the main thoroughfares, such as West Burnside Street and Southwest Washington Street. Popular brands available on these streets include Patagonia, Dr Martens Store, and Lululemon.


    Washington Square Mall

    A huge variety of department stores and food options

    Washington Square Mall is one of Oregon largest shopping malls. You can find it in Tigard, around 7.7 miles southwest of Downtown Portland. The complex hosts over 170 stores and 4 large department stores, including Nordstrom and Macy’s. Popular stores include Lego, Pottery Barn, Sephora, and Abercrombie & Fitch.

    You’ll also find a large food court, expansive parking, and a skybridge connecting Nordstrom and Sears for convenient access. Dining-wise, you can enjoy a wide range of cuisines at eateries like The Cheesecake Factory, 85C Bakery, and Din Tai Fung.

    Location: 9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Portland, OR 97223, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 503-639-8860


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    Portland Saturday Market

    Weekend handicraft market along the Willamette River

    The Portland Saturday Market is one of the city's most popular places to go shopping. The weekend market is set up along the Willamette River near Burnside Bridge, just 1 mile northeast of Downtown Portland. It's known as one of the USA’s longest continuously operating open-air crafts markets.

    The weekly market has over 150 stalls and booths, with over 300 artisans selling arts, crafts, food, and gifts from around the Pacific Northwest. You’ll also find local entertainment, including live music and plenty of food trucks and stalls. While most vendors accept payment by card, it’s a good idea to carry some cash for some of the smaller shops.

    Location: 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Open: Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 503-222-6072


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    Pearl District

    A prominent high-end shopping district

    The Pearl District is a popular neighbourhood just 1.5 miles north of Downtown Portland. It’s known for its high-end shops, art galleries, interior design stores, and fancy boutiques. It was originally the industrial center of the city, but the old warehouses have since been converted into trendy shops and restaurants. Since the 1990s, it has become a hub for creatives, artisans and high-end sellers.

    The Pearl District is also home to the popular Art Walk, which takes place on the first Thursday of every month. This is when the galleries and shops stay open later than usual for locals to enjoy some late-night shopping. You’ll also find street food stalls and live music playing throughout the night.


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    Portland Farmers Market - PSU

    Weekly farmers market at Portland State University

    The Portland Farmers Market is a weekly market at Portland State University. With over 140 farmer and vendor stalls, it’s one of the largest farmers’ markets in the city. It’s run by a non-profit organization of the same name, which also operates weekly markets at 4 other locations in the city.

    The PSU Portland Farmers Market is a great place to shop for local and seasonal produce and small-batch artisan food products. The other markets operate seasonally from May to October. It’s a good idea to bring your own reusable shopping bags to the market.

    Location: 1803 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA

    Open: Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 503-241-0032


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    Nob Hill

    Fashionable shopping avenues with boutiques and cafés

    Nob Hill is the vibrant Victorian residential area near the West Hills in Portland. The neighbourhood’s main shopping thoroughfares are Northwest 23rd and 21st Avenues, which are packed with beautiful boutiques and buzzing restaurants with sidewalk seating. While you can find some well-known fashion chains, it’s the smaller independent stores and unique shops that most people come here for.

    The avenues are incredibly busy with shoppers, especially on weekends. You’ll find thrift stores, independent furniture shops, stationery stores, and outdoor specialty venues. There are also many eateries, including coffee shops, gastropubs, and small artisan eateries, among Nob Hill’s beautiful Edwardian buildings and landscaped avenues.


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    Cascade Station

    A shopping destination on the MAX light rail

    Cascade Station is a large shopping mall on Portland’s MAX Red Line. It's just 2 stops away from Portland International Airport, making it a convenient shopping option for visitors to Portland. It's home to several big stores, including IKEA, Best Buy, and the Banana Republic Factory Store. You’ll also find a couple of major department stores, namely Nordstrom Rack and Marshalls.

    Cascade Station has casual dining options, including fast food, modern restaurants, and well-known coffee chains like Starbucks. It’s designed as an open-air center, with parking lots in the middle and indoor shops surrounding the outside. For those looking for some fresh air, Stanley Park runs along the back of the mall.

    Location: 9721 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +1 503-477-9381


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    Alberta Arts District

    One of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Portland

    The Alberta Arts District is one of Portland’s creative hubs. It’s close to Alberta Park, about 4 miles north of Downtown Portland. The streets are lined with a variety of independent boutiques selling handcrafted items, art, and antiques. The main thoroughfare is Northeast Alberta Street, which stretches for over 1.5 miles. Here, you can explore art galleries, craft boutiques, art supply stores, and home goods centres.

    The Alberta Arts District also has a great variety of food choices, including trendy gastropubs, traditional taquerias, and organic cafés. In contrast to the well-known Pearl District’s First Thursday Art Walk, Alberta Street celebrates the Last Thursday Art Walk. It’s a fun street fair that draws a young and hip crowd every month.


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    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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