The urban legend of the Pearl District’s name is as extraordinary as the neighborhood itself. One story suggests that an oyster-canning factory once sat amidst the aging warehouses, another proposes that Chinese seafarers hid pearls beneath cobble-stoned Twelfth Street. Regardless of which fable you’ve heard, there is an intimation of both beauty and ugliness in the name— which conjures an image of the elegant gem nestled in a drab, rough shell, waiting to be discovered.

icon-eventHistory of the Pearl

The background of the district that is now known as the Pearl is a long and interesting story. Discover the history of the Pearl

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From fashion to food, search for and find information on the personalized businesses and the people that make up the Pearl District. Explore the Pearl


Join us for a weekend or stay as long as you like. The Pearl District is surrounded by boutique hotels and urban inns. Stay a While

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Find a spot on the street or in a garage, there are plenty of affordable parking options in the Pearl. Park the Car

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The Pearl and its member businesses are hosts to many exciting, informative and fun events, classes and sales. View the Calendar

icon-parksPublic Parks in the Pearl

Jamison Square, the North Park Blocks, Tanner Springs Park and the new Fields Neighborhood Park are all located in the  PearlDiscover the Parks

icon-eventDriving Directions

Whether you are coming from across town or out-of-state, get detailed directions on how to get to the Pearl. Find the Pearl

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Plan your trip to the Pearl, utilizing one of Portland’s impressive public transportation options. Find a Ride

The Pearl MagazineThe Pearl  Magazine

Published quarterly by SagaCity Media, The Pearl magazine is delivered to households in the Pearl and beyond as part of Portland Monthly, and is available at select locations throughout the district, including Powell’s Books. The Pearl provides its readers with the latest news and happenings in the Pearl, deeper articles on people and personalities of the Pearl, as well as a walking map and member business listings. Read the online version now