Shopping & Lunch on Mississippi Avenue - NE

Salt tasting, taxidermy, terrarium gardening, and some of the best clothing boutiques in the city: you'll find it all on Mississippi Avenue. There's even a "construction paradise" for the guys!

Mississippi Avenue has undergone a huge revitalization in the last decade and is one of the most fun places to shop in the city. It's easy to spend hours in the unique boutiques, which include something for everyone.

I recommend finding easy parking on the neighborhood streets to the west on N Michigan Avenue and starting at Wanderlust & Wildhearts, shopping down to the Rebuilding Center, then walking up the entire east side of the street to Paxton Gate.

Here is your walking map. And here are some places that you will see along this route, in the order you will see them. Have fun!

Wanderlust & Wildhearts: artisanal jewelry and clothing from around the world.

Pistils Nursery: distinctive gardening for both inside and outside of the home.

Lunch opportunities at Samurai Blue, Laughing Planet, and Little Big Burger

The Meadow: gourmet salt and bitters tasting. Try the truffle salt!

The Rebuilding Center: an amazing collection of used and vintage materials for projects.

Now you can cross the street and start heading back north.

There's Reading Frenzy bookstore and Manifesto Shoes, which as some great shoes, including Frye.

A view across the street. The new construction is looking great.

Gumbo Gifts: zany gifts, cards, and souvenirs. 

pdXchange: the only fair trade store in the city. Great stuff! Also a fantastic place to buy a gift for your host.

Another opportunity for lunch at Mee Sen Thai Eatery (much better than your average Thai food!).

Mississipi has great people watching and a lively energy.

Flutter: one of my favorite stores in all of Portland. Re-purposed vintage clothing, artisan perfumes, antiques, and curios. 

Stash Tea: stop by their tea bar if you need to rehydrate and refresh. 

There are many other small boutiques to pop into, but if you are feeling tired at this point, walk straight to Paxton Gate. It's a must-see on the street and something your guests will remember.

If you are needing a beer after all of this shopping, you can keep relish a cocktail at the urban swank Moloko or a quick beer at Bridgetown Beerhouse or keep heading north to Prost for a bier and brat.

Here's a map to guide you:


Tom said...

Nice, I like this blog, lotta cool and fun ideas for things to do next week when my parents are visiting :-)

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