Out in Portland

Portland is a city of neighborhoods with distinct personalities and easy to explore on foot, bike, bus or Max. In any of these neighborhoods, you can explore eclectic shops for unique clothes and art.

Downtown
• Downtown is in the city’s southwest quadrant, so all street addresses are labeled “S.W.”
• The Transit Mall, on Fifth and Sixth avenues, carries the MAX light rail yellow and green lines, as well as most bus lines. MAX red and blue lines run on Yamhill and Morrison streets, while 10th and 11th avenues carry the Portland Streetcar.

All train and streetcar rides are free in downtown, which is inside the Free Rail Zone.
• You’ll find visitor information and transit tickets, maps and assistance beneath the fountain in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Pearl District
When exploring this modern, upscale neighborhood adjacent to Portland’s downtown, keep one thing in mind — 15 years ago this place was an uninviting industrial zone. In the mid-1990s the Pearl started to undergo a tremendous makeover, its warehouses and factories gradually converted into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings that now encompass hip housing, stylish shops and eye-catching eateries.

Quick facts:

• The Pearl District is in the city’s northwest quadrant, so all street addresses are labeled “N.W.”
• The Portland Streetcar runs on 10th and 11th avenues.
• Much of the Pearl District is inside the Free Rail Zone, where all train and streetcar rides are free.

Old Town/Chinatown
• Old Town/Chinatown is primarily in city’s northwest quadrant, where street addresses are labeled “N.W.” A small portion of the neighborhood is in southwest.
• The Transit Mall, on Fifth and Sixth avenues, carries the MAX light rail yellow and green lines, as well as most bus lines.
• Old Town/Chinatown is inside the Free Rail Zone, where all train and streetcar rides are free.
• Portland’s Union Station, served by Amtrak, is located at the north end of the Transit Mall.

Northwest / Nob Hill
Located at the base of Portland’s west hills, Nob Hill (also known simply as “Northwest Portland”)
Turn-of-the-century Victorians line the narrow streets, and storefronts house whimsical and sophisticated boutiques, while restaurants and cafés with sidewalk seating offer some of the city’s best people-watching.
• You may hear locals refer to Northwest as “The Alphabet District.” This historic moniker refers to the alphabetical naming of the area’s east-west streets, from Burnside (Couch, Davis, Everett, etc.) to Wilson.
• Knowing that the streets are named in alphabetical order can be very helpful in navigating; if you’re on 23rd and Glisan and want to get to 23rd and Irving, just check the next street sign — if it reads “Hoyt,” you’re going the right way!

Lloyd District / NE Broadway
Located just across the Willamette River from Old Town/Chinatown, the Lloyd District is one of Portland’s busiest neighborhoods. Home to the Oregon Convention Center, The Rose Garden Arena (home of the Portland Trail Blazers).
NE Broadway is bustling with shops, restaurants and pubs. JOQ’s Tavern is the original “Eastside” neighborhood gay bar at 25th and NE Broadway.

Quick facts:

• The Lloyd District is primarily in the city’s northeast quadrant, where street addresses are labeled “N.E.” A small portion of the neighborhood is in North Portland.
• The Lloyd District is within the Free Rail Zone, where all MAX light rail rides are free.

Mississippi Avenue
Just two miles from downtown, this close-in North Portland neighborhood has a friendly, small-town feel right in the heart of the city. The street is lined with a diverse assortment of independent shops, eateries and even a music studio.

Quick facts:

• Mississippi is in North Portland, so all street addresses are labeled “N.”
• About half a mile east of Mississippi Avenue, another retail and restaurant district is growing along Williams Avenue.

Alberta Arts District
One of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods, the Alberta Arts District has seen a revival as a thriving community with a diverse blend of cultures. Look for Asian and Latino businesses, African-American galleries and independent art studios, as well as fashionable boutiques and top-rated restaurants.
Visit on the last Thursday evening of any month to experience the street-party atmosphere of the neighborhood’s art gallery walk.

Quick facts:

• Alberta is in the city’s northeast quadrant, so all street addresses are labeled “N.E.”
• The majority of the district’s businesses and retailers are located on Alberta Street, between 12th and 31st avenues.

Belmont & Hawthorne
Eclectic is the norm on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Southeast Belmont Street, two close-in eastside arteries that help set the cultural pace in Portland. The walkable streets offer block after block of vintage shops, clothing boutiques, cafés, pubs and other meeting places.