Where to experience Asia in the West
You don't need to fly to Bangalore or Beijing to sample the best of Asian dining, shopping, and culture. We have it all right here
Portland: Shanghai on the WillamettePortland's Old Town Chinatown is coming into its own.
Portland Saturday Market. At the ginormous open-air market, expect steaming bowls of pho and hand-stitched skirts. Sat-Sun; S.W. Ankeny St. at S.W. Naito Pkwy; portlandsaturdaymarket.com
Ping. The open kitchen pumps out peppery pork broths, noodle dishes, buns, and skewered meats for a small-plates menu that traipses across Asia. $$$; closed Sun-Mon; 102 N.W. Fourth Ave.; pingpdx.com
Pdx Pedicab. Hop on board for a pedal-powered tour. Hail or call ahead. Cab from $15, tour from $25; 503/828-9888.
Compound Gallery. Check out the most colorful collection of sneakers this side of Tokyo, plus Japanese figurines, art books, and design magazines. 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.; compoundgallery.com
Tower of Cosmic Reflections Teahouse. Pick up a stash of local loose-leaf teas at this serene spot in the Lan Su Chinese Garden. The staff can tell you everything about picking seasons and modes of steeping. Need the right teapot? Check out the gorgeous selection. $; 239 N.W. Everett St.; 503/224-8455.