Pleasures of the Pearl

Where to eat, drink, shop, and hang out in Portland's hip neighborhood

Jil Peters

Life in the Pearl

The Pearl District is bounded by the Willamette River on the northeast and by N.W. Broadway Ave., W. Burnside St., and N.W. 16th Ave. on the east, south, and west, respectively.

SHOPPING

In Good Taste. Gourmet cookware, cookbooks, and fine foods. Evening and weekend cooking classes; call for details. 231 N.W. 11th Ave.; 503/248-2015.

Oblation Papers & Press. Fine paper and stationery boutique with antique-letterpress print shop. 516 N.W. 12th Ave.; 503/223-1093.

Odessa. Stylish clothing boutique. 718 N.W. 11th; 503/223-1998.

Relish. Modern home furnishings and personal accessories. 433 N.W. 10th Ave.; 503/227-3779.

DINING AND DRINKING

Bluehour. Mediterranean cuisine served in either an elegant modern dining room or a casual cafe and bar. $$$$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. 250 N.W. 13th Ave.; 503/226-3394.

Henry's 12th Street Tavern. Seafood, steaks, and 100 beers on tap in the restored Blitz-Weinhard Brewery. $$; lunch and dinner daily. 10 N.W. 12th; 503/227-5320.

Mio Gelato. Artisan gelato made on-site in flavors from pistachio to chocolate hazelnut. 25 N.W. 11th; 503/226-8002.

Park Kitchen. Upscale neighborhood tavern. Menu changes weekly to reflect fresh local ingredients. $$$; lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sat, brunch Sat-Sun. 422 N.W. Eighth Ave.; 503/223-7275.

Pho Van Vietnamese Bistro. Friendly yet elegant Vietnamese eatery. $$; lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 1012 N.W. Glisan St.; 503/248-2172.

The Whole Bowl. Street vendor; sells healthy food to go. $; lunch Tue-Fri. N.W. Glisan between 11th and 12th.

PLACES TO REST

Aequis Spa. Facials, massage, and body treatments all based on ayurveda ― a 5,000-year-old healing science. 1306 N.W. Hoyt St., Ste. 201; www.aequisspa.com or 503/223-7847.

Jamison Square. Between Johnson and Kearney Streets and 10th and 11th.

Life in the Pearl