Our Ultimate Guide To Shopping In PDX

The love affair we have with Portland knows no bounds. And, while yes we’ve tromped it far and wide to bring you our handy-dandy guide to PDX, we couldn’t help but notice that this city has some damn good shopping haunts that need to be highlighted.
Yep, we’re bringing the ONLY retail map to Portland you’ll need, and trust us, it’s epic. Print this sucker out because you don’t want to wander around the streets of East Burnside and beyond without it. Forget “two girls, two shirts” — because with classic spots like Tanner and contemporary boutiques a la Table Of Contents, you bet there’s sartorial (tax free!) bounty for all.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Photo: Courtesy of Table of Contents.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents is the minimalist's retail dream come true. The stark white space is peppered with streamlined items by high-end designers from the likes of Comme des Garçons to Building Blocks to Raf Simons to Maison Martin Margiela — the list goes on. Are you out the door yet? One step into the gallery-like boutique and you may never leave. We basically had to be pried out. It's that good.
Table of Contents, 33 NW 4th Avenue (between NW Couch and West Burnside streets), Portland; 503-206-5630.
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Photo: Courtesy of Poler Stuff.
Poler Stuff
A trip to Portland is hardly complete without a mosey through cool-kid camping shop Poler Stuff. Known for being stocked with stylish backpacks, design-savvy tents, and parkas, Poler Stuff is a must when the Great Outdoors calls. The wilderness never looked so good — especially when you're sporting a bright sleeping-bag onesie.
Poler Stuff, 1300 W Burnside Street (at SW 13th Avenue); 503-704-0288.
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Photo: Courtesy of Woonwinkel.
A skip away from the Ace Hotel, this colorful little home-goods store stocks irresistible trinkets and furniture. We picked up a geometric Caravan Pacific vase and too-cute gem-shaped soaps from Woonwinkel and easily could have taken the whole store home — if only we had room. It's seriously adorable and a quirky-cool spot for the design aficionado.
Woonwinkel, 935 SW Washington Street (at NW 10th Avenue); 503- 334-2088.
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Photo: Courtesy of Canoe.
Get ready to geek out on Canoe’s modern beacon of objects du jour. A Portland staple, Canoe has been on the forefront of sleek retail offerings since 2005 and we can easily see why. The shop boasts a natural-feeling interior and is flooded with everything from chic books, iconic furniture, savvy odds and ends, stylish kitchenware, and other thoughtful merch.
Canoe, 1136 SW Alder Street (between SW 11th and SW 12th avenues); 503-889-8545 .‎
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Photo: Courtesy of Frances May.
Frances May
Looking for racks upon racks of indie labels at your fingertips? Well, Frances May has all the chic bounty ready for pickin’. Ace & Jig, Rachel Comey, A.P.C., and more — owners Pamela Baker-Miller and Connie Codding have culled an expertly-curated selection of sartorial goodness. Trust, you’ll want to hole up in there, too.
Frances May, 1013 Southwest Washington Street (between SW 10th and SW 11th avenues); 503-227-3402.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tanner.
Tanner Goods
A storied Portland company; Tanner Goods is known for its Pacific Northwest-made, handcrafted leather goods. We're talking sleek belts, stunning bags, and wow-worthy wallets. The operation is an in-depth and considered process, with all of the production under one roof with a store downtown. For a timeless piece to integrate into your wardrobe, Tanner Goods is one to tap.
Tanner Goods , 1308 W Burnside Street (between SW 13th and 14th avenues); 503-222-2774.
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Photo: Courtesy of Alder & Co.
Alder & Co.
Downtown Portland sure has its pick of amazing home interior spots and Alder & Co. is no exception. With plentiful pieces for the home, bath, garden, and kitchen, all tucked under its airy roof, if you're on the home hunt, this better be penciled on your hit list. But, it's not all goodies for your abode: It has a cozy selection of casual wares and apothecary (candles and perfumes from Coqui Coqui and Rodin — divine!), too. Ah, why can't we just live here.
Alder & Co., 616 SW 12th Avenue (between SW Alder and SW Morrison streets); 503- 224-1647.
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Photo: Courtesy of Union Way.
Union Way
We're obsessed with this mini shopping stretch perched across the street from Ace Hotel. Talk about convenient. A great stroll if you're looking for a cool one-stop-shop experience. Steven Alan, Danner, Self Edge, Boxer Ramen, and more all line the path of this hip destination.
Union Way, 1022 W Burnside Street (between NW 10th and NW 11th avenues), Portland; 503-262-0331.
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Photo: Courtesy of Orox Leather Co.
Orox Leather Co.
Nestled around the corner from Table of Contents, Orox Leather Co. is a family-owned and operated business (seriously, it’s been around for generations) that is oh-so charming. With creative leather pieces (Portland is kind of the mecca for craftsmen) for your bike or even your lunch (!) the head-turning items truly stand the test of time. And, plus, the wide-smiled staff are a treat to chop it up with.
Orox Leather Co., 450 NW Couch Street (between NW 4th and 5th avenues); 503-954-2593.
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Photo: Courtesy of Yo Vintage.
Yo Vintage!
We were immediately drawn to Yo Vintage!’s cheeky-cool merchandising and hue-saturated space — it lured us in with a pretty magnetic force. The adorable shop is curated by British babe and shopping pro (and R29 fave) Sarah Radcliffe and is a mix of vibrant vintage wares and hand-selected pieces by indie artisans. The fun, colorful boutique always has the friendliest gals working who will help you find the perfect piece.
Yo Vintage!, 413 SW 13th Avenue (between SW Washington and SW Stark streets); 971-266-8811.
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Photo: Courtesy of Solestruck.
Shoe fiends, this one's for you. You may recognize the name behind this superstar stepper store! Solestruck currently helms one of the biggest online shoe emporiums around and its brick and mortar is located right in Downtown Portland. Who knew? Peruse styles by Jeffrey Campbell to Rachel Comey and help "rid the world of ugly shoes" forever. We're down.
Solestruck, 417 SW 13th Avenue (between SW Washington and SW Stark streets); 503-224-3591.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Oh man, this Lower Burnside shop is definitely off the beaten path but it's certainly going to be one of the most memorable places you visit in the area. A luxe, open space that houses labels that are so hard to come by, you'll wonder whether we've found some secret Portland shopping portal. The thing is, they won't be around long, Una has an obsessive online following and the merch literally FLIES off the shelves. Be prepared to have your spendy pants on: You're going to need them to walk out of this store with full bags anything.
Una, 922 SE Ankeny Street (between SE 9th and SE 10th avenues); 503-235-2326.
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Photo: Courtesy of Stand Up Comedy.
Stand Up Comedy
Located in Lower Burnside, Stand Up Comedy is a tiny boutique that packs a high-style punch. With brands like Assembly, Margiela, LD Tuttle, Ursa Major, and more it's no wonder it tops many "best of" Portland shopping roundups. Not only are the avant-garde wares impressive, but there is a small collection of tomes and arts that will somehow find their way to checkout with you.
Stand Up Comedy, 811 E Burnside Street, #111 (between SE 8th and SE 9th avenues); 503-233-3382.
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Photo: Courtesy of Emily Baker.
Sword + Fern
Owner Emily Baker has done a stellar job of molding Sword + Fern into a cute medley of jewelry and apparel that we can't resist. Located in Burnside this is one quaint destination you don't want to skip. So much shopping, so little time.
Sword + Fern, 811 East Burnside Street, #114 (between NE 8th and NE 9th avenues); 503-683-3376.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nationale
Part shop-part gallery, Nationale is an artsy little space with only a few offerings, but trust us there are some real treasures here. Whether you walk away with an artisanal soap, statement necklace, or other French goodies (the owner is French!) you will cherish its unique gifts for a long time.
Nationale, 811 East Burnside Street (between NE 8th and NE 9th avenues); 503-477-9786.
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Photo: Courtesy of Haunt.
A stylish, well, haunt, this feminine shop allows you to really explore and play with cool pieces and one-of-a-kind merch in one place. Not to mention with prices that won't drown you in debt, we give this one an A++ on our shopping report card.
Haunt, 811 E Burnside Street, #113 (between NE 8th and NE 9th avenues); 503-928-7266.
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Photo: Courtesy of Mikola Accuardi.
Lille Boutique
While there is certainly no shortage of warm wares and leather offerings in Portland, we have to hand it to Lille. This shop is a gorgeous spot full of pretty little things that meet your lingerie and loungewear needs. Hey, V-Day date, anyone?
Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside Street (between NE 10th and NE 11th avenues); 503-232-0333.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Photo: Courtesy of Beam and Anchor.
Beam & Anchor
Tucked away in a more industrial area of the city, Beam & Anchor is definitely worth the trek. It's like stepping foot into a wonderfully stylish outdoor magazine of sorts. Artfully peppered with finds by many West Coast designers (we spotted Marisa Haskell, Juniper Ridge, and Job & Boss), the store is definitely a must see. With so many things to choose from, we'll warn you, prepare to have ample time. The exploring never ends here.
Beam & Anchor, 2710 North Interstate Avenue (N Graham and N Knott streets); 503- 367-3230.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wildfang.
We were thrilled when we heard cult-followed e-tailer Wildfang was opening up a brick and mortar in Portland. Packed to the brim with its wearable, tomboy-chic threads, the space also features a cool club-like fort and swings. Not to mention, everyone who comes in is offered a chance to sign (er, engrave) their name on the wall.
Wildfang, 1230 SE Grand Avenue (between SE Salmon and SE Main streets); 503-208-3631.
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Photo: Courtesy of Betsy & Iya.
Betsy & Iya
We love Betsy & Iya's color-soaked geometric baubles on their own, but add in a charming little shop sprinkled with the designer's pieces and other standout items and you've got a match made in retail heaven. Plus, with the adorable owners often on site to chat you up, it's an all-encompassing experience! The vivid store houses myriad of cool labels and lines, and of course, the company's well-known necklaces, earrings, and rings. We can't wait for our next visit!
Betsy & Iya, 2403 NW Thurman Street (NW Vaughn and NW Thurman streets); 503-227-5482.
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Photo: Courtesy of Branch Birdie.
Branch & Birdie
Okay, Branch & Birdie has the largest Ace & Jig selection we've seen, well, ever. Not kidding. That alone is enough to pay it a visit. The tucked-away retail oasis is bright, cheery, and packed with things you're probably dying to add to your closet. Take that back, it's packed with things you NEEDED to add in your closet — yesterday.
Branch & Birdie, 8021 SE Stark Street (between SE 80th and SE 81st avenues); 503- 894-9338.
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Photo: Courtesy of Shop Adorn.
Shop Adorn
Adorn is a gem of a shop with a little bit of something for everyone. With locally-made lines and jewelry, a dash of DIY offerings, and other contemporary lines, you can guarantee finding something that tickles your fancy! And, the selection of Portland x Pendleton collection is pretty tops.
Shop Adorn, 4120 NE Fremont Street (between NE 41st and NE 42nd streets); 503-505-7424.
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Photo: Courtesy of Manifesto.
Manifesto Shoes
This delightful little shoe store is a platter of work boots, casual heels (including our personal fave Tsubo), oxfords, bags, and more. It's a double whammy and has a rustic selection for both men and women. Step to it — and head over and peep what's in store.
Manifesto, 3806 North Mississippi Avenue (between N Failing and N Beech streets); 503-546-0910.

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