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The Pearl District

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Where it is:

Just north of downtown Portland. Between Burnside and the Willamette River, and between I-405 and NW Broadway.

Best known for:

  • Gallery walks on the First Thursday of every month
  • Warehouses turned into loft residences
  • Expensive real estate
  • See-and-be-seen restaurants and wine bars
  • Upscale shopping
  • A neighborhood that’s changing constantly as the area continues to be developed
  • Home of Powell’s City of Books

Getting there:

From I-5, take Exit 305 A (Broadway, Weidler/Rose Quarter) and stay to the right. On Broadway, turn right and go over the bridge. At the end of the bridge, stay left. Turn right onto Glisan Street and you’ll enter the Pearl District.

The Portland Streetcar is another option. It runs on a 4.8 loop from Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital at NW 23rd Avenue, on Lovejoy and Northrup, through the Pearl District and on 10th and 11th Avenues to Riverplace.

Buses that serve the neighborhood: 17,20, 77

Essentials:

Zip code
97209

Post office
715 NW Hoyt Street

Grocery stores
Whole Foods Market
1210 NW Couch Street

Pharmacy
Rite Aid
600 NW 10th Avenue

Banks
Umpqua Bank
1139 NW Lovejoy Street

Wells Fargo Bank
926 NW 13th Avenue

Nearby schools
Elementary: Chapman Elementary
Middle: West Sylvan Middle School
High School: Lincoln High

Best Restaurants:

Andina
1314 NW Glisan
Innovative Peruvian fare specializing in seviche.

Le Bouchon
517 NW 14th Avenue
A Parisian bistro with authentic French waitstaff and heavenly, rich food.

Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Avenue
Market-fresh Northwest cuisine. Great for a decadent brunch.

Silk
1012 NW Glisan Street
The best Vietnamese food in the city.

Sin Ju
1022 NW Johnson
Sushi bar with private tatami rooms.

Best Shopping:

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside
A glorious city block full of literary goodness.

Urban Fauna
235 NW Park
Pet supplies galore, doggie daycare, obedience classes.

Cargo
380 NW 13th Avenue
Imported furniture and antiques, mostly from Asia.

French Quarter Linens
1313 NW Glisan
Luxe sheets, towels, and home furnishings.

Lux Lighting
1333 NW Glisan
Contemporary lighting for home and office.

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