Old Town Chinatown

Portland
Old Town Chinatown

Devote at least half a day to exploring the shops, historical landmarks and public green spaces of the oldest neighborhood in the city.

Embark on a shopping, sightseeing and dining adventure when you visit Old Town Chinatown, Portland’s original downtown area. Visit traditional teahouses, wander through a botanical garden of native Chinese plants and enjoy a meal in the city’s oldest Chinese restaurant.

This riverside neighborhood dates back to the mid 1840s when pioneers William Overton and Asa Lovejoy purchased land that would become the city. A few years later, immigrants from Southern China flocked here during the California Gold Rush and settled.

The city’s oldest neighborhood also encompasses the Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District and the Portland New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District.

Enter the Old Town through the large and ornate China gate, which is flanked by a pair of golden lion statues. Start your exploration by browsing craft shops and art galleries such as Open Gallery, which specializes in contemporary works, and Deadstock Coffee, a coffee shop and art venue. During the weekend visit the Portland Saturday Market, an open-air arts and crafts market that has been operating for more than 40 years.

Stroll around the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a picturesque haven of plants and tree species native to China. Savor traditional Chinese teas in the two-story teahouse housed in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections. Pick up insights into Chinese culture and traditions by taking part in one of the regular activities, lectures or classes held throughout the year. Check out the events calendar on the garden's official website.

Break up your tour of the area with a meal in one of its restaurants and cafés offering authentic, traditional and modern Chinese cuisine. Among them are the Red Robe Tea House and Café and the Republican Café, Portland’s oldest Chinese restaurant, opening in 1922.

Stop at some of the neighborhood's historical landmarks such as the Skidmore Fountain, which dates back to 1888. The 19th-century Society Hotel was originally built to accommodate sailors.

Old Town Chinatown is well served by buses and the MAX light rail network. If you're driving, pay to park in nearby garages.


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The Hoxton Portland
The Hoxton Portland
4 out of 5
15 NW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR
The price is AU$145 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Located in Old Town Chinatown, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Star Theater Portland, Moda Center and Oregon Convention Center. Roseland Theater and Keller ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"The facility was unlike any other hotel I’ve ever visited, a true experience. From the the aesthetic environment set by all of the art and warm tones, to the unforgettable room layout, I felt like I was in a modern artist’s dream. The staff was also notably helpful and welcoming, especially Steven ..."

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2021

The Hoxton Portland
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
3.5 out of 5
319 SW Pine St, Portland, OR
The price is AU$199 per night from 24 Dec. to 24 Dec.
Located in Old Town Chinatown, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lan Su Chinese Garden and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Art Museum and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Great hotel in the heart of Downtown Portland. So many good restaurants nearby. The building is unique and we found the room to be very clean, spacious, and well laid out. All around a good experience with the staff and hotel bar. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

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WorldMark Portland - Waterfront Park
WorldMark Portland - Waterfront Park
2.5 out of 5
221 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR
Located in Old Town Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Roseland Theater. Oregon Convention Center and Moda Center ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"WorldMark is cool small hotel in an old building with historic charm, yet well renovated and with awesome views of the river and park. The rooms are nicely renovated, too, with new and good size kitchenette, clean modern bathroom and individual AC/heating unit. I'd stay there again."

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2021

WorldMark Portland - Waterfront Park
Waterfront Condo living at McCormick Pier
Waterfront Condo living at McCormick Pier
730 NW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR
Located in Old Town Chinatown, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Convention Center and Moda Center. Roseland Theater and ...
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Riverfront condo in the heart of Portland
Riverfront condo in the heart of Portland
620 NW Naito Pkwy, B7, Portland, OR
Located in Old Town Chinatown, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Lan Su Chinese Garden and Oregon Convention Center. Moda Center and Roseland Theater ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
Terrific riverfront view
"Nice functional apartment with balcony on riverfront. Enjoyed the pool and hot tub (though a bit of a walk). David was responsive and non-intrusive."

Reviewed on 10 Sep. 2021

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Newly Renovated and Waterfront Condo in the Pearl District
Newly Renovated and Waterfront Condo in the Pearl District
930 NW Naito Pkwy, K5, Portland, OR
Located in Old Town Chinatown, this romantic condo is within a 10-minute walk of Lan Su Chinese Garden and Roseland Theater. Oregon Convention Center and Moda ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
Travel nurse first time away from home
"It was a great rental in a great neighborhood I would do it again in a heart beat she was easy to get in contact with and very helpful with finding things in town love the condo would definitely book again !"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2021

Newly Renovated and Waterfront Condo in the Pearl District
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