Pearl District

Pearl District

What was once a decaying industrial warehouse area in downtown Portland, the Pearl District has undergone significant renovation and is now Portland's premier urban-chic neighborhood. Many of the aging warehouses have been turned into luxurious lofts, townhouses, and condos. Examples are the old Meier and Frank warehouse conversion into The Avenue Lofts and the Irving Street Lofts which once housed the Blumauer-Frank Drug Company. Recently erected buildings that have sprouted throughout the district are sold-out before construction even begins.

The ultimate in convenience, this prime destination neighborhood features stylish boutiques, specialty retailers, grocery and book stores, up-and-coming art galleries, and trendy restaurants.

As the Pearl's population expands, so do the dining options. One of the local hot spots at lunchtime is the Daily Café at 902 NW 13th Avenue which serves up a great grilled meat or vegetable panini as well as tasty salads. Another favorite is Hot Lips Pizza located at 721 NW 9th Avenue. They use fresh local ingredients and offer pizza by the slice. Bridgeport Brew Pub is located next door to Oregon's oldest craft brewery at 1313 NW Marshall Street. It features hand-tossed pizza, sandwiches, and of course, Bridgeport's finest ales.

Cosmopolitan dining in The Pearl can be found at the nationally-recognized Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Avenue, which offers fine French and Italian Cuisine. Oba! Restaurant, 555 NW 12th Avenue, presents a menu inspired by the Latin cultures of the world. Pho Van Vietnamese Bistro is a long-time Portland favorite that has opened a new restaurant in the Pearl District at 1012 NW Glisan.

The Portland Streetcar serves the Pearl District and runs a 4.8 continuous loop from Portland State University District to Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital at NW 23rd Avenue. The Streetcar connects to the MAX rail line which runs from Downtown Portland to Gresham to the east and Hillsboro to the west.

World-class artists are emerging from Pearl District art galleries. First Thursday is a popular traditional event with galleries showcasing the best of local artists as well as live music and wine tasting. Some of The Pearl's finest galleries are Butters Gallery and the Laura Russo Gallery. Contemporary favorites include the Mark Woolley Gallery and the Blackfish Gallery. Bullseye Connection Gallery and Gallery 33 both feature art glass and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art is a venue for performance and visual art.

Powell's City of Books, a Portland icon, is the world's largest independent bookstore in the United States and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and Burnside and Couch Streets.

More Information About the Pearl District:
» Pearl District Overview
» Pearl District Lofts
» Pearl District Condos
» Pearl District Townhomes
» Pearl District Art Galleries

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