Clothing, furniture, food and, of course, beer! The Rose City is home to thousands of creative artists and artisans, making it one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite shopping destinations. Many of these artists show off their wares at the great markets you’ll find around the city. Last weekend I visited three to get a jump on my Christmas shopping list.
Portland Saturday Market
As the nation’s largest continually running arts and crafts market, the Portland Saturday Market is full of long-time vendors and food carts that people return to year after year. From Ankeny Square to Waterfront in the Northwest District, you’ll find dozens of tent stall shops bursting with beautiful handmade clothing, jewelry, and home décor.
I found these stylish hats to be a perfect gift for my niece
and a cute teacup birdfeeder for her mom.
The food carts are equally satisfying. Choose from American standards, like barbeque and Elephant Ears, or try something new, like Ethiopian or Nepalese. My go-to favorite is the pierogi plate at Taste of Poland.
Bands play throughout the weekend and a fountain is a great hangout for kids during the summer. Head to Old Town early in the morning if you want to get ahead of the crowds at this busy market. Portland Saturday Market is open every weekend from March to Christmas Eve (10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4:30pm on Sunday).
Portland Night Market
You can keep shopping long after the sun sets at the Portland Night Market. Located on