Downtown's defining landmark is Pioneer Courthouse Square — a brick plaza bordered by S.W. Broadway, Yamhill St., 6th Ave. and Morrison St. — where there's always bustling activity. Stop by the Travel Portland Information Center via the Waterfall Fountain walkway in the square to get information about exploring the city.
From this location you are literally surrounded by great shopping. Nordstrom is across the street with a sprinkling of high-end boutiques dotting the side streets. Head east two blocks and you'll run directly into Pioneer Place, a four-level shopping mall with a food court and movie theater.
If all this shopping has worked up an appetite, there are countless restaurants to choose from. For a truly unique dining experience, you can't beat Portland's food carts and farmers' markets.. (Did you know that Portland was named "World's Best Street Food" by U.S. News Travel?) And from mid-June through late September, you will find a farmers' market at Pioneer Courthouse Square every Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One of the city's largest markets takes over the South Park Blocks near Portland State University on Saturdays.
Downtown is also home to Portland's Cultural District, a twelve block tree-lined region full of art and history attractions, including the Portland Art Museum and its world-class exhibits and permanent collection of Northwest Native and contemporary art. Other institutions include the Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Library's main branch on SW 12th.