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Lizard Lounge Pearl Portland

Lounge Wear

Lounge Wear

From its setting inside the stunningly restored 1909 Crane Plumbing building to the organic cotton and recycled fabrics used by its acclaimed house brand, Santa Barbara–based Toad & Co, Lizard Lounge (1323 NW Irving St, 503-416-7476) walks the walk when it comes to sustainability. Opened in 2007 as Toad & Co’s first retail space, the

Carlita's Pearl Portland

South by Northwest

Tacos and margaritas, yes, but with a delicious, unabashedly free-style approach Beneath strings of Edison-bulb globes and exposed ducts and pipes, dapper cantina Carlita’s (1101 NW Northrup St, 971-352-6991)—which also offers warm-weather seating on the sidewalk catty-corner from Tanner Springs Park—looks more ambitious than a taqueria. And it is. High ceilings, tall windows, and varnished-wood

Botanist Bar Pearl PDX

Garden Party

Cocktails and conversation in a leafy subterranean lair on Lovejoy Street will leave you smiling. It’s a slight irony that one of the most lushly verdant bars in Portland is located entirely underground, without so much as a tiny window to let in natural light. But when you’re in the emerald environs of the Botanist

Inside Resources Room and Board Pearl

Inside Resources

Our guide to the Pearl District’s design firms and home furnishings shops Basco Appliances Designers and Builders look to this acclaimed company for top-of-the-line appliances. California Closets These organization experts can help you customize the ultimate closet or storage system. Chown Hardware See our story about this iconic Portland high-end hardware company.

Pearl Heartline Apartments

Less is More

An influx of residential buildings with smaller homes and bigger amenities are making it easier for residents to work remotely, live simply, and declutter their lives. Living efficiently, reducing your footprint, downsizing, call it what you’d like. Renting or owning a home that’s under 1,000 square feet has never been so popular. Multifamily housing permits

Pearl Magazine Audubon Owl Portland

Call of the Wild

Did you know that one of the Pacific Northwest’s best wildlife resources is right in your backyard? Just minutes from the Pearl, you can commune with nature in a setting so tranquil and lush, you’d think you were hundreds of miles from the city.

Tanner Creek Tavern Happy Hour Pearl Portland

Deals On Meals

Shorter days got you down? Give these lively, wallet-friendly happy hours a try. Portland pioneered the now-ubiquitous ritual of food-forward happy hours. Sure, the drink discounts are nice, but you can often save even bigger bundles on steeply discounted food. Nearly every bar and eatery in the Pearl offers weekday-afternoon happy hours and a few

Montesacro Restaurant Pearl

Roman Holiday

A trip to his homeland convinced Gianluca Legrottaglie to introduce pinsas to North America. His mission has been an unqualified success, and he recently opened Montesacro Pinseria Romana in Portland. Gianluca Legrottaglie was only three days away from flying back to San Francisco. He’d been in Italy, feverishly learning everything he possibly could about opening

Can Font Pearl

Sherry on Top

A new tapas menu, weekend brunch, and innovative cocktails are keeping Can Font at the forefront of dining in the Pearl. The tender pork collar arrives on a toothpick skewer over a mound of tangy-sweet orange marmalade. A satisfyingly crusty montadito (a miniature open-face sandwich)—topped with warm goat cheese, a balsamic red wine gel, and

Sisters Coffee Pearl

A Fresh Cup

With new treats and a beautiful remodel, a treasured café reopens. The team behind Sisters Coffeehouse (1235 NW Marshall St, 971-279-2957, surely weren’t thrilled when fire and flooding in an upstairs residence forced them to shut down operations for four months. But sibling owners Jared, Jesse, and Justin Durham made the most of a

Refresher Course Pearl

Refresher Course

Cool off this season with any of these six stimulating summer sippers. Served in stylish Mason jars, the slow-brewed, flavorful boba milk teas at Tea Bar are at once voluptuous and feathery light. Plush tapioca pearls lend texture, organic tea provides complexity, and the all-natural flavors are artful and appetizing. Think peppermint, taro, cocoa-cinnamon, Thai

Piazza Italia dining room


SOCCER WITH A SIDE OF LINGUINE Gino Schettini and Kevin Gorretta opened a restaurant first and foremost to encourage socializing and sportsmanship. “It was meant to be a place where friends could gather and enjoy themselves while watching soccer games,” says Roberto Herrera, manager of Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St, 503-478-0619, “These kinds

Pizza Slices in the Pearl District

Pizza By the Slice

With so many fine Italian eateries in the Pearl, you’re never far from stellar pizza. Fans adore the creatively topped pies at Oven and Shaker (1134 NW Everett St, 503-241-1600, San Francisco’s noted Star ( chainlet is bringing its cornmeal-crust, deep-dish pizza to the former Paragon space in June. And you’ll find enticing options

The Art of Community

There are more ways than ever to tap into PNCA’s creative energy. Preteens creating costumes during a smARTworks summer youth camp, adults engaged in classes on picture book illustration or etching, acclaimed multimedia artist Wendy Red Star—who grew up on Montana’s Crow Reservation—lecturing on her work. These are just a few of the hundreds of