Fun Things to Do

Jamison Square3


Recently voted #5 in Forbes magazine’s “best Hipster Neighborhoods” The Pearl is a vibrant district that offers plenty of opportunities to eat, shop and play.  Whether its retail therapy, culinary delights, or just a beautiful day out exploring, this reinvigorated part of town will dazzle you with its polished rustic charm and wide selection of offerings.   From its galleries, to its parks, to its coffee shops, and live entertainment venues, there is something to satisfy every taste and craving here on the northwest side of the city.



The Park Blocks:

NW Park Ave from Ankeny St to Glisan St


The six block stretch from NW Park Ave from Ankeny St to Glisan St Guarded over by 12-foot bronze elephant and baby sculpture, Da Tung & Xi’an Bao Bao, are known collectively as the Park Blocks.   A promenade runs the length of this majestic tree-lined stretch, that is dotted with park benches, basketball hoops, bacci courts, and a rubber-floored jungle gym.


Jamison Square

NW Johnson, between 10th and 11th

A popular oasis, especially in the summer, with its ebbing tidepool and cascading fountain creating a place for children to splash and a tree-shaded lawn for lounging.


Tanner Springs Park 

NW Marshall & Northrup, between 10th and 11th

A serene spot intended to emulate wetlands that once existed in the area.


“First Thursdays” –

The fine galleries of downtown Portland open their doors for an evening of Art, music and refreshments the first Thursday of every month.

The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the “First Thursday” of every month for an evening of art, wine and music. Walk from gallery to gallery to view all of the new art exhibits.
Generally the hours are 6pm to 9pm, but please check each gallery’s website for more information and to view all the artists works that they represent.



Some of the finest retailers in the nation have shops residing in the Pearl.  From home goods to fine food and fashion, to the home of one of the greatest independent book sellers in the nation, the Pearl has something for you no matter what your taste or inclination.




Sur la Table

Whole Foods

Penzeys Spices

Local Choice

Eat & Drink:


Blue Hour

Deschutes Brewery & Public House

Bridgeport Brewery

Henry’s 12th Street Tavern

Irving Street Kitchen

Noodles & Co.

Oba! Ristorante

Paragon Restaurant and Bar

Park Kitchen

Riffle NW

Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House

Sinju Sushi Bar & Grill




The North Face


House of Lolo

LuLu Lemon




Furniture/Home Goods:

West Elm

Jonathan Adler

Bella Casa

Chown Hardward

Design Within Reach

French Quarter Linens

Hunt & Gather

Perch Furniture




Portland Center Stage

Gerding Theater at the Armory

Founded in 1988, PCS is the city’s leading professional theater and one of the 25 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works, and our annual playwrights festival, JAW. In our home at the Portland Armory we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs, including classes, workshops and partnerships with organizations throughout the Portland area.


Jimmy Maks:   

Downbeat magazine calls this one of the “top 100 places to hear Jazz”.  Come find out why.


McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom

The McMenamins have a number of establishments throughout the city.  This venue, wth it’s 750 foot dance floor hosts some of the best musicians touring the nation today.


Living Room Theaters:

Art house movie theater with an adjacent restaurant/lounge/bar


The Brody Theater

Improv comedy.  Performances as well as classes.




Aveda Institute

Yoga Pearl

Firebrand Sports

Pearl Pilates

Circle Studio Pilates and Gyrotonic

Kim Reis Pilates

24 Hour Fitness

LA Fitness

The Foot Bar


Getting Around:


Bike – Portland is one of the country’s friendliest bike cities.  Motorists are generally friendly to the cyclists with whom they share the road and bike lanes and lock-up stations abound.  Many bike shops offer rentals and it’s a great way to experience the Pearl and the city at large.


Don’t want to pedal yourself?

Consider a pedicab tour –


 Public Transportation –



TriMet buses serve people from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. Many bus lines connect with the MAX Light Rail.


Light Rail

TriMet’s MAX Light Rail system connects Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and the Portland Airport. The five lines are:

  • Westside Blue Line – Hillsboro – City Center
  • Eastside Blue Line – Gresham – City Center
  • Red Line – Portland Airport – City Center – Beaverton
  • Green Line – Clackamas – City Center – Portland State University
  • Yellow Line – Expo Center – City Center – Portland State University


The Portland Streetcar, one of the most modern systems in the country, is owned and operated by the City of Portland. The fleet of streetcars connects Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Portland City Center, PSU and the South Waterfront District.

12, 000 Portlanders a day utilize the 4.8-mile route that loops from NW 23rd Avenue through the Pearl District, and along 10th and 11th Avenues to Portland City Center.