Saatva Neighborhood Spotlight: Pearl District, Portland

Saatva, a luxury mattress company, has opened a new Viewing Room in Portland's Pearl District. The Pearl District is known for its unique character and vibrant culture, and it's home to a variety of boutiques, bars, and restaurants. The Saatva Viewing Room offers locally made, high-quality mattresses that can be tested in-store and delivered for free. Other notable places to visit in the Pearl District include Garnish, a local clothing and accessory store; Filson, an outdoor gear shop; Porch Light, a quirky homewares store; MadeHere, a gallery-style store featuring products made by local artisans; and various restaurants and bars such as Arden Restaurant Portland, Backwoods Brewing Company, Janken, Roste Chocolate House, and Cider Bite. Additionally, the Pearl District is home to cultural attractions like Blue Sky Gallery and Powell's City of Books, the world's largest new and used bookstore.

With a slogan like “Keep Portland Weird,” you know you’re in for a city unlike any other. That’s precisely why we’ve decided to open our latest Saatva Viewing Room in Oregon’s capital of cool.

Located in the trendy Pearl District, our latest store sits amongst the city’s best boutiques and bars. Home to Portland’s historic warehouses, the Pearl District’s cobblestone streets and brick facades only add to the character and culture that permeate this one-of-a-kind city. From farm-to-fork restaurants to buzzing boutiques, here are our top places to visit in Portland’s Pearl District.

Where to shop 

Saatva Viewing Room

Handcrafted in the US, our mattresses aren’t just locally made; they’re crazy comfortable. High-quality and low-pressure personify the experience at our new Pearl District Viewing Room. So stop in to try out our luxury mattresses and get them hand-delivered to your place—for free.

Saatva Viewing Room1010 NW Flanders St, Suite 100

Garnish

In a city that loves to shop local, it doesn’t get more Portland than Garnish. With all its limited-edition clothing and stylish accessories made in-house, the team here helps you find pieces that are uniquely you.

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Photo via Garnish

Garnish404 NW 12th Ave 

Filson

Operating since 1897, Filson plays to Portland’s outdoorsy nature. It started outfitting pioneers from the Yukon Gold Rush and now clothes outdoor adventurers. From angling outfits to hiking gear to camping jeans, it’s a one-stop shop for nature enthusiasts.

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Photo via Filson

Filson526 NW 13th Ave

Porch Light

Eclectic. Kooky. Quirky. Whatever you want to call it, Porch Light screams Portland. Here you’ll find stylish homewares, handmade jewelry, playful matchbooks, fun totes, and elegant candles. It’s the perfect place for a housewarming gift or to stock up on fun finds for your own place.

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Photo via Porch Light

Porch Light: 225 NW 11th Ave 

MadeHere

Made in, you guessed it, Portland, this gallery-style store showcases works made by area entrepreneurs. With over 10,000 products from 150 artisans, you can find everything from Oregon beef jerky to glass tumblers to wool jackets.

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Photo via MadeHere

MadeHere40 NW 10th Ave

Where to eat and drink 

Arden Restaurant Portland

Rustic and charming, this Pearl District stalwart highlights Pacific Northwest ingredients and Willamette Valley wines. A perfect date-night spot, Arden’s menu includes local oysters, house-smoked olives, goat cheese gnocchi, and a roast chicken for two.

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Photo via Arden Restaurant Portland

Arden Restaurant Portland417 NW 10th Ave

Backwoods Brewing Company

This family-owned craft brewery is a relaxed spot to watch the game or get together with friends. With more than a dozen beers on tap ranging from a River Pig Lager to a Summit Sammich Cream Ale, it’s a beer lover’s dream. They also make comfort food classics like Buffalo wings, nachos, and burgers.

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Photo via Backwoods Brewing Company

Backwoods Brewing Company231 NW 11th Ave

Janken

Opened last year, this Portland newbie is making waves with its Japanese and Korean fusion set in a contemporary cool dining room. The focus here is on zesty sharing plates and clever cocktails. Everything at Janken is top-notch, but be sure to order the kimchi fried rice, miso salmon, and Peking duck.

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Photo via Janken

Janken250 NW 13th Ave

Roste Chocolate House

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this bakery and chocolate house. Using sustainable bean-to-bar chocolate, the team here melts some of the best hot chocolate in Portland. Pair it with a gooey brownie or a double chocolate scone while you sip on cocoa perfection.

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Photo via Roste Chocolate House

Roste Chocolate House475 NW 14th Ave

Cider Bite

There are a lot of craft beer bars in Portland, but Cider Bite specializes in its fruit-forward counterpart. A silver trendsetter in the city, they offer more than 32 hard ciders on tap and even more in bottles. Shareable bites like spinach artichoke dip, quesadillas, and pizzas are menu favorites.

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Photo via Cider Bite

Cider Bite1230 NW Hoyt St

Where else to spend time

In its heyday, the Pearl District housed the city’s best art and artists. That still rings true today with photo galleries like Blue Sky, showcasing incredible photographs since 1975. And on the first Thursday of every month, the galleries keep their doors open late and spill out onto the cobblestones.

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Photo via Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts122 NW 8th Ave

Powell’s City of Books

You may spend an entire day in this legendary bookstore, getting lost amongst the rows and rows. The world’s largest new and used bookstore has taken up a whole city block in the Pearl District since 1971. Browse its 10 rooms, including its rare book collection and a The Princess Bride-themed coffee shop.

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Photo via Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s City of Books: 1005 W Burnside St

FAQs

What is the Pearl District known for in Portland? 

A former warehouse district and railroad hub, decades later, it became a gathering place for artists and their work. Today, it’s home to some of Portland’s best shopping, restaurants, bars, galleries and lofts.

Is the Pearl District walkable?

Yes! Incredibly walkable. Its lattice-work streets and crosswalks make it uber-easy to navigate.

What is the best street in the Pearl District?

Ask a local, and they’ll all tell you a different answer. But start at 11th Avenue and W Burnside Street and wander north until you find your favorite street in the Pearl District.

Check out our additional travel guides for advice on how to spend the day near our other Viewing Rooms:

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