Pearl District
Pearl District
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This district is the pearl of Portland, home to quirky boutiques and brands, cool restaurants, micro-breweries, and artisan coffee shops, housed in reclaimed warehouse spaces. Don't miss Powell’s City of Books, one of the largest independent bookstores in the world, and neat art galleries like Blue Sky and Augen Gallery. There's even a monthly art walk. The Jamison Square fountain is also a great spot to cool off in summer. Make a stop at Pearl District on a city tour of Portland, which often makes a stop here. If you love beer, you can explore the breweries on a bike tour. – Tripadvisor
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Kelly
Georgia164 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
This neighborhood is the safest and most comfortable part of the city (while actually being in the city.) Pearl District is not considered Old Town or Downtown. This is a new and upcoming portion of the city with shoppes and unique restaurants. I highly recommend staying here rather than Downtown or Old Town- if you venture into other neighborhoods you will come across boarded up buildings and a significant homeless population.
Please note that things tend to close down around 9/10pm in the area due to covid and the protests at night. Also, many restaurants have limited dining options due to covid. I recommend calling ahead to confirm the restaurant/shop is open.
Written September 19, 2020
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Ann R
Corpus Christi, TX32 contributions
Jun 2021
The Pearl District in a word: FUN! This is just the type of place I enjoy on any trip. This is the place you find unique shops and local eateries. Keep in mind the operating hours when visiting: most shops and eateries opened at 11, and if earlier, there was a long wait. Definitely call ahead for reservations if you have a place in mind to dine, or you will be left with outdoor seating, without a table umbrella.
Written June 8, 2021
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L P
Carlisle, PA66 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Pearl District is a great place to be if you're a tourist...and for the locals too. It has an eclectic blend of unique shops, eateries and hotels catered toward the high-end visitor. While the area is pretty safe, we did run into a few homeless folks and rowdy citizens who apparently had a bit too much to drink. If you venture here at night, try to stay in the Pearl District and avoid the Chinatown area.
Written February 11, 2020
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Max Y
Texas123 contributions
May 2022 • Family
In general I found portland is extreme in many ways:
City in general is extremely liberal even in west coast standard, that in turn shows up in many areas:
Very bike friendly, I drove and rode bike, riding bike is safe and convenient; when driving met several young folks who were on skip board giving middle finger to drivers/cars for no reason which is not cool; too many homeless people running around, shouting randomly, zombie walking, stinky smell.
One tour guide told me getting rid off Lincoln statue is a good thing and Lincoln would like that. Complain other cities are not like portland and not having good public transportation, etc
Written May 26, 2022
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bambamperoxide
Sunderland, UK3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Portland has gone down the toilet, watching users injecting, pants down, in full view and the procession of zombies/homeless and mental health patients wandering around. Not a comfortable place to visit, I'm used to this environment but this was way too much when supposedly on vacation. The general vibe of the place is uncomfortable and unwelcoming. America gone down the toilet because they have to have an opinion!
Written July 10, 2022
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David M
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Friends
Portland was a beautiful city. Sadly over the last few years it’s gone down the toilet. Homeless tweakers and open air drug dealing everywhere. You can’t even walk from the train station to the Redline metro as it’s blocks by a camp. Trash everywhere. The smell of urine and feces on the sidewalks. Gangs and anarchist have taken over downtown, and many businesses have closed and are boarded up. It’s not a safe place to visit anymore. How bad does it have to get before Portland changes course?
Written November 10, 2021
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Drupa99
Leesburg, VA19 contributions
Dec 2021
Oregon is a post apocalyptic hell-hole. There are syringes in the street, human waste on the sidewalk and mentally ill people EVERYWHERE. It really is a mess. Even if you are a paying customer, its almost impossible to find a public bathroom (which is probably why the population uses the sidewalk as a toilet.) I want to like Portland, but it has slid into liberal / leftist anarchy. Very difficult place to enjoy safely.
Written November 15, 2022
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familytraveler812
Minnesota135 contributions
Jun 2021
While we arrived in historic heat, there was only one place open for dinner. They were wonderful. When we arrived a few days later, I was saddened to see the number of homeless everywhere. Tents set up on sidewalks, garbage all over, the smell of urine around every corner. I definitely would not walk around after dark in the area and certainly not alone. Sad to see this.
Written July 4, 2021
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Den
Miami, FL183 contributions
May 2021
Civilized, clean, safe, a wonderful ambiance. Great restaurants, beautiful parks, and public art. This is what we LOVE about Portland not the disaster of boarded up downtown. City Council is destroying the city.
Written May 23, 2021
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Alison B
Seattle, WA92 contributions
Jul 2021 • Business
Do not visit the Pearl District right now. It looks like a scene from escape from New York. Not kidding. The district and the surrounding Burnside ave are in a sorry state. The pandemic and rival protests have left the area full of trash, graffiti and empty buildings. Portland’s treatment of its un-housed population is reprehensible, tents cover the sidewalks blocking pedestrians. It reminds me more of skid row then the city I visited numerous times in the past. It will take years to fix this.
Written July 11, 2021
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