Magazine article Sunset

A Perfect Day in Downtown Portland

Magazine article Sunset

A Perfect Day in Downtown Portland

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All you can eat

Almost overnight, the new Pine Street Market has transformed a snoozy section of southwest downtown into a hub of retail and restaurants. Set in a former 1886 carriage house, the 10,000-square-foot food emporium features spinoffs of some of Portland's most popular eats. For your main course, choose from such highlights as umami-rich ramen at Marukin, succulent rotisserie chicken and herb potatoes bravas at Polio Bravo, or the fancy hot dogs at the Olympia Provisions kiosk. Cap it off with an unapologetically buttery pastry from Trifecta Annex or scoops of soft serve at the Wiz Bang Bar. Tables are communal (and crowded), so get there early for lunch, pinestreetpdx.com.

Fresh ink

Husband-wife team Josh Nusbaum and Jenn Pagliaro were cranking out bespoke letterpress for five years before open ing design and illustration studio Waterknot last November. The shop showcases their full line of prints, greeting cards, coasters, and other paper products. Themes stay true to the spirit of the city: birds and bikes, birthday cards designed as topographical happy-hour maps, and odes to the bearded ("stubble is the first step toward greatness"). Alongside the heavy stock paper and business cards, the shop carries a collection of curios, like guitar picks and cocktail bitters, that might seem weird in any city other than Portland, viaterknot.com.

Finders keepers

New women's clothing boutique Johan is like the kid in school who was cool simply because he didn't try to be. While most shops do everything possible to call attention to themselves, Johan doesn't even officially disclose its address. You have to know it's there-and even then, with the store name tucked into the bottom left corner of the window, you could easily miss it. The motto is "only great things," and Johan lives up to the promise: denim jumpsuits from The General Public, handsome leather handbags from L. …

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