Where is the best shopping in Portland?

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Maureen Healy

Portland has an eclectic (and exciting) shopping scene — you’ll find the best the city has to offer in independent shops and boutiques throughout PDX. Here are a few of Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ Portland shopping picks:
 
Bibliophiles can’t miss Powell’s City of Books — the city’s favorite bookstore. Visit the flagship location downtown on Burnside Street. Open since 1971, the famous store occupies a full city block and claims the title of the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Nine color-coded rooms house more than 3,500 sections, including a rare book room full of collectibles.
 
Portland’s Pearl District is a formerly rundown warehouse district near downtown now transformed with art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, salons and urban parks and considered the design center of the city. Wander the streets and pop into shops — we suggest taking a break with a microbrew at BridgePort Brewpub.
 
Despite the name, Portland’s Saturday Market is open Saturdays and Sundays from March through December. Located near the Burnside Bridge and in Waterfront and Ankeny Parks, this outdoor market place is teeming with artisan goods of all kinds. Shop for jewelry, art, musical instruments and photography, then stop by the food booths for a snack and listen to the live music.
 
To scour for antiques, head to Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood. The charming area is famous for its antique stores, Victorian homes and the Oaks Park Amusement Park—one of country’s oldest continually operating amusement parks. 

Melissa Wilmot

Portland (as well as the whole state) boasts something that will make any visitor want to get out their wallets... no sales tax! With that in mind, the world is your oyster as far as shopping in Portland, but you can't go wrong with the following:

Boutiques are nestled in with bigger stores like Anthropologie in Portland's cool and ever-evolving Pearl District. The best fashion designers (including some of Portland's finest) are well represented at spots like house of lolo and Mabel & Zora, while legendary independent Portland bookstore, Powell's, is prominently located on the border of the Pearl District and downtown.

The Belmont/Hawthorne area of Southeast Portland caters to hippies and hipsters alike. From unique clothing, furniture and art finds at House of Vintage to cool locally designed jewelry at Presents of Mind, you're sure to find a little something for everyone. Not to mention the delicious eating along the way. (Saint Cupcake, anyone?)

No shopping excursion would be complete without a visit to Portland's charming Northwest neighborhood. In addition to well-known national brands like Kiehl's and Lush, you can also pamper yourself at Blush Beauty Bar. And if you enter Paper Source, an upscale stationery store, you're almost guaranteed to exit with a bag (or two) in hand.

Finally, if you're a visitor to Portland and heading home soon, make sure to stop by the downtown Made in Oregon store, or even spend some time before your flight at the store located in the airport. From one of the largest selections of Oregon wine, to Pendleton blankets and throws, and everything in between, Made in Oregon has a great array of Oregon's finest products.

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