Must See Attractions
The urban legend of the Pearl District's name is as extraordinary as the neighborhood itself. One story suggests that an oyster-canning factory once sat amidst the aging warehouses. Another proposes that Chinese seafarers hid pearls beneath cobble-stoned Twelfth Street. Regardless of which fable you've heard, there is intimation in the name — which conjures an image of the elegant gem nestled in a shell waiting to be discovered.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Once called the Portland Classical Chinese Garden or the Garden of Awakening Orchids, this traditional walled Chinese garden occupies a full city block in Old Town Chinatown. The open-to-the-public garden is influenced by Suzhou's famous classical gardens and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
This independent bookstore is well-known in Portland and is a popular local hangout. Peruse your favorite new novels, sip a cup of coffee and enjoy this testament to the commitment of Portlandians to support boutique brands. This bookstore still makes the list of Portland hot spots — even in the technology obsessed world we live in.
PSU Farmer's Market (Seasonal)
The popular Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is a local's favorite weekend morning pastime. From freshly caught fish to local cheeses, artisanal spices, flowers and more, it's easy for visitors to take a break from Portland dining and head to the market to compile a fresh picnic, casual breakfast or creative dinner.