The Pearl District has become a very well-to-do area over the years, home to many a well-groomed pedigree dog (with doggy gyms, salons and canine social clubs to hand) and known for its vast old warehouses, which have been converted into cavernous bars, restaurants, galleries and apartments. Rippling out from the labyrinthine Powell’s City of Books, which stocks new and second hand books, and is always humming with browsers and shoppers, the Pearl is also on the map for its bakery, the water fountains on Jamison Square, where children get soaked in the warmer months and its First Thursday festival activities, where galleries open late, artisans set up stalls and musicians take to the streets. Locals shop at the upmarket World Foods, which has a delicious Lebanese deli counter, run by an in-store chef, creatives flock to the art heaven that is Blick and dog walkers congregate at the The Fields Park, alongside the Willamette River, with the city’s high-flying spaghetti junction on the horizon.
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