This historic neighborhood features renovated and original cast-iron buildings, the Japanese Historical Plaza, and the Chinatown Gate. At night the clubs open, and the streets fill with single scenesters along with some homeless regulars. The weekend daytime highlight is Saturday Market, a huge outdoor art market between Skidmore Fountain and Tom McCall Waterfront Park featuring handmade gifts, clothes and jewelry. Saturday Market is open both Saturday and Sunday, March through December. Don't be fooled by the red lanterns and Chinese signs: Chinatown is not the place to find an authentic Chinese meal. Locals go to southeast Portland, where most of the local Chinese population resides.
Getting Around Portland
The best way to get around Portland is by using public transportation and walking. Portland's public transit TriMet buses and light-rail trains are accessible and efficient. You can hop on the light-rail from the Portland International Airport (PDX) and get into the city for $2.50, which is much cheaper than cab fare. Day passes work on all forms of Portland public transit and begin at $5 for adults.
- Portland International Aiport-PDX
Things to Do and See Near Old Town-Chinatown
- Portland State University
- Lewis & Clark College
- University of Portland
- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
- Portland City Hall
- Rose Garden
- Portland International Airport
- Veterans Memorial Coliseum
- Cooper Mountain Nature Park
- Jamison Square