Pretty as a pearl
Once a land of industrial warehouses and abandoned railroad yards, the Pearl District has risen from the ashes to become Portland’s most cosmopolitan neighborhood. The area buzzes all day long, with cafes (the coffee here is legendary, if you’ve yet to taste it), restaurants of seemingly every cuisine, boutique shopping, art galleries, and clubs. Don’t miss Brewery Blocks, a five-block district at the former site of the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, now filled with gems such as the Gerding Theater, the first building on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve the LEED Platinum rating, and plenty of upscale shopping. In the Pearl District, you’ll also find the famous Powell’s Books, occupying an entire city block — if you’re a bibliophile, be prepared to be mesmerized for hours.