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Marilyn
Vancouver

Portland

Artsy area with fun little shops

We are going to Portland in mid march. Would like to visit an artsy area with coffee shops, art galleries, fun stores etc.  any suggestions? 


8 Answers

top answer by
Jeff from Portland

Depending on what type of Artsy you want, I would say:

Alberta Arts District: Hipster, a number of good bars and restaurants and is pretty mellow. You have about a 20-block-long stretch of road to check out. The art galleries are more alternative and not very traditional

Mississippi Neighborhood: Similar to Alberta but probably more bar and restaurant focused. A lot of cool shops, and I would work your way over a few blocks to Vancouver for another great area for shopping

Pearl District: The most "traditional" of the art districts in the sense of high-end art galleries. The restaurants in this area are okay but typically not the best in the portland area. 

NW 23rd Ave and NW 21st have great food and shops. I strongly suggest checking this area out as well.

Check out AirBnB for some great cheap places to stay in the city

If food and drink is your thing, check out The West End (the area around Burnside and 12th), Division Street (the best restaurant row in the city), the corner of 30th and Killingsworth (some of the best restaurants in the city are housed here).


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Alberta Arts District (neighborhood)
  2. Mississippi Neighborhood (neighborhood)
  3. Pearl District (neighborhood)
  4. NW 23rd Ave (attraction)
  5. The West End (attraction)
  6. Burnside (attraction)
  7. Division Street (attraction)
  8. Killingsworth (attraction)
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answered by
Catherine from California

NW 23rd Ave is a fun, artsy "hippy" area with wonderful shopping and some great restaurants including the popular local Pizzicato Pizza that actually has multiple locations around Portland, including one a PDX just in case you get addicted and need a fix before boarding your return flight.

If you want a more upscale area Lake Oswego downtown is great.  

Local arts and crafts in the Portland are the best that I have found anywhere. There is a Portland Saturday Market http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/ that locals, and tourist especially enjoy.   Voodoo Doughnuts is also in this area and a delectable delight not to be missed.

If this is your first visit to Portland, I guarantee that it won't be your last.  My first visit was in Spring 2001 and I fell in love with the city and the people.  I now travel to Portland at least 2x a year to get my "fix."

Hope you enjoy exploring and discovering the city that likes to "keep it weird."


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. NW 23rd Ave (attraction)
  2. Pizzicato Pizza (restaurant)
  3. Lake Oswego (city)
  4. Portland Saturday Market (attraction)
  5. Voodoo Doughnuts (restaurant)
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answered first by
Melissia from Hillsboro (Oregon)

Marilyn, I would recommend the Pearl District. Please check out the First Thursday schedule. The Pearl has great shops, coffee and don't forget to visit Powell's City of Books

http://www.firstthursdayportland.com


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  1. Pearl District (neighborhood)
  2. Powell's City of Books (attraction)
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answered by
Jennifer from Austin (Texas)

I'd definitely recommend the Alberta Arts District - it is young, vibrant, hip, and up and coming.  Here you will find a plethora of vintage and boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and unique niche pockets of distinctly Portland-esque experiences.  http://albertamainst.org/


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  1. Alberta Arts District (neighborhood)
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answered by
Debra from Portland

I agree, the Pearl District is a great place to find coffee, beer, art and more. Check out tripadvisor and yelp for the Pearl district reviews.  Also go to www.inthepearl.com for businesses and reviews.  Don't miss  Olympic Provisions Northwest, Steven Smith Teamaker on NW 16th and Thurman.

Another neighborhood to check out is NW 23rd Ave between Burnside and Lovejoy Street.  Take the streetcar from the Pearl to NW 21st or 23rd streets .  There are many independent shops along the way.



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  1. Pearl District (neighborhood)
  2. Olympic Provisions Northwest (restaurant)
  3. NW 23rd Ave (attraction)
  4. Steven Smith Teamaker (attraction)
  5. Burnside (attraction)
  6. Lovejoy Street (attraction)
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answered by
Erin from Portland

The Pearl District and NW 23rd are good standbys but don't forget the NE Neighborhoods like Hawthorne Street, Alberta and Mississippi Ave. They have a younger hipster vibe. Favorite coffee shops are Barista on NE Alberta and Albina Press on NE Mississippi. And don't forget the Waffle Window off Hawthorne.

There is also a newer antique mall called Grand Marketplace on NE Grand Ave.  See www.grandmarketplacepdx.com.  There are some interesting found, collected and reinterpreted vintage pieces.  The Street Car runs relatively close.



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pearl District (neighborhood)
  2. Hawthorne Street (attraction)
  3. Alberta (neighborhood)
  4. Mississippi Ave (attraction)
  5. Barista (attraction)
  6. Grand Marketplace (attraction)
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answered by
Shari

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Division Street (attraction)
  2. Pearl District (neighborhood)
  3. NW 23rd Ave (attraction)
  4. 28th Ave. (attraction)
  5. Hawthorne Street (attraction)
  6. Alberta Arts District (neighborhood)
  7. Mississippi Ave (attraction)
  8. Clinton Corner (attraction)
  9. The West End (attraction)
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answered by
Christopher

Any place you find near the Pearl District.  Great walking area too.


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  1. Pearl District (neighborhood)
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