This converted industrial area, now an international model for urban renewal, is home to Portland's trendiest neighborhood with loft apartments, galleries, boutiques and a vibrant restaurant scene.
A visit to Powell's Bookstore is a must. Located on W. Burnside at the intersection of downtown and the Pearl, it's a book lover's paradise with 3,500 sections and an amazing collection of out-of-print and hard-to-find books. Can't find a book you're looking for? They can make it for you with the Espresso Book Machine!
The shopping isn't too shabby either. High-end retailers (think Anthropologie, Lucy, Madewell, Patagonia and REI) mix with specialty boutiques. While you're here, take note of the industrial buildings that once housed car repair shops and warehouses but have been smartly renovated for new occupants while preserving this neighborhood's unique charm.
Home to most of the city's contemporary art galleries, don't miss a chance to visit them all during the monthly First Thursday Celebration
when galleries keep their doors open late and independent artists set up shop on the sidewalks and closed-off streets for as many as 30,000 guests. The Pearl hosts some of the city's most unique festivals, including the Portland International Beer Fest (late July), Twilight Criterium Cycling Race (mid-August), and Art in the Pearl (Labor Day Weekend).