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A spirit of independence infuses Portland’s fine shopping scene. Thrift stores, wine and cheese shops, and used book and indie record stores abound in most neighborhoods, but an eclectic vibe is apparent even in the downtown area, where independently owned and operated boutiques hold their ground amid the Banana Republics and Williams & Sonomas.

Shopping in Portland

Alberta Arts District

Once a crime zone, Northern Alberta Street is now loaded with boutiques, art galleries, and stores supporting the enviro-sustainable philosophy of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

NE Alberta St. (between NE 33rd Ave. and NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.), OR,
Tags: shopping | trendy | art | boutique

HiiH Gallery

Exquisite handmade paper lights and lanterns that you can easily ship home. Choose from items in the gallery or commission artists Lâm Quáng and Kestrel Gates for a custom piece.

2929 NE Alberta St., OR, 503-493-4367, www.hiihgallery.com
Tags: shopping | smart splurge | home

Northwest 21st and 23rd Avenues

Located in ritzy, Victorian-tinged Nob Hill, these streets are loaded with trendy shops like Kitchen Kaboodle for house wares, Blush Beauty Bar for spa stuff, and The Levi Store. Arrive via Portland Streetcar and avoid the traffic.

21st and 23rd aves. between W. Burnside St. and NW Thurman St., OR, www.nobhillbiz.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | boutique


Anyone looking to impress a prospective employer will want to get their groove on at this funky and retro office supply store that mixes vintage typewriters with cutting-edge presentation tools, laptop bags, and paper goods. In true Portland fashion, the store doubles as a gallery space and holds new art openings each month.

2204 NE Alberta St., OR, 503-282-7200, www.officepdx.com
Tags: business | shopping | gallery | eclectic

Pioneer Place

Yes, it’s a mall. Yes, it offers everything from BCBG to Saks. But unlike Lloyd’s Center Mall, which is the biggest mall in the city, Pioneer Place is in the heart of downtown.

700 SW Fifth Ave., OR, 503-228-5800, www.pioneerplace.com
Tags: shopping | shopping mall | designer

Powell's City of Books

Occupying an entire city block, this Powell’s location is the largest independent bookstore in the United States, with an art gallery, author events, rare books, new and used sales, and more.

1005 W Burnside, OR, 503-228-4651, www.powells.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | books


Prepare to be charmed by this tiny store for thrift and vintage fanatics (the name is an acronym for So Many Unique Treasures). Stock up on fedoras or bell bottoms or comb through an extensive selection of 8-tracks, cassettes, and vinyl records and unearth that rare Human League 12-inch.

7 SE 28th Ave., OR, 503-235-7688
Tags: shopping | eclectic | vintage | records

Saturday Market

Located beneath the Burnside Bridge on the outskirts of Downtown and Old Town/Chinatown, this has been a spot for artists selling their wares since 1974.

OR, www.saturdaymarket.org
Tags: shopping | art | culinary | flea market

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