Welcome to the Pearl District Pearl District
Savor Portland’s exquisite scenery and amenities in this posh enclave
The City of Roses is separated into six unique quadrants, and the Peal District is inarguably one of the most desirable and heavily visited in the luminous Northwest. Affectionately referred to as The Pearl, this luxe hamlet boasts an incredible selection of art galleries, upscale boutiques, high-end bars and restaurants, and splendid vistas of the skyline and water. Swanky lofts and gleaming townhomes, all with stunning touches, add to the chic feel of this bustling, elegant neighborhood, explaining precisely why it’s one of the most coveted sections of the city.
What to Love
- A rich, compelling history
- The beating heart of Portland’s shopping, culinary, and art scene
- Flourishing with one-of-a-kind venues
- Proximity to Old Chinatown, downtown, and northwest Portland
- Great walkability and access to public transit
The Pearl District is at once a shopper’s and artist’s paradise. With streets filled with bespoke boutiques and striking galleries, residents of this region can exercise their passions just by stepping outside of their doors. Affluent professionals, retirees, and families with children all make great use of this region's high concentration of arts, dining, and culture.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
To live in the Pearl is to be a moment away from Portland’s trendiest bars, shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Superb craft cocktails are served with style at the Teardrop Lounge
, a sleek tavern featuring several of the finest mixologists in the city. Named one of the best bars in the United States by Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Esquire, and others, this opulent gem pours libations ranging from the manifest destiny with Macchu pisco, sloe gin, and grapefruit to the humble pie with applejack, ginger, and scotch.
The morning after, Pearl District residents often line up at La Perlita
, one of the loveliest and most glamorous coffee houses in the Pacific Northwest, for an authentic Mexican coffee infused with cinnamon and cayenne. Afterward, residents top it off with a handmade French pastry or marionberry danish from the tony and intimate bakery, Nuvrei
Special occasions call for a reservation at Arden Restaurant Portland
, a mainstay of The Pearl that consistently delivers awe-inducing cuisine. The acclaimed chefs at the helm of this venue rely upon local, seasonal fare to plate out masterpieces like burrata with roasted squash, pear puree, and pine nuts, slow-roasted pork shoulder with Kauai prawns, and albacore Crudo with avocado and blood orange. With a formidable wine list to boot, this is one of the finest restaurants in PDX.
Things to Do
The Pearl District has gone from a trade and manufacturing hub to the most fashionable pocket of Portland. From unique boutiques to globally renowned haute couture, you’re bound to be amazed by its sheer range of shops. A must in the area is the four-story behemoth that is Powell’s City of Books
, where you can find rare titles and the latest bestsellers.
The Pearl is also revered for its booming arts scene, which is evidenced by its panoply of phenomenal galleries. Browse them on your own or enjoy a First Thursday in the Pearl District
, when galleries invitingly open their doors and artists set up their work on the street. This event has been a tradition since 1986.
This district is also a haven for beer lovers, who can sample some of the best craft lagers and ales being brewed around the state. Start off your brewery crawl at Von Ebert Brewing + Kitchen
, meander into the world-famous Deschuetes, and conclude your evening out on the town with a lively performance at the Portland Center Stage
Children who live in the Pearl District are served under the Portland School District
. Two of the top schools in the area include: