Portland Insider Tips
Get our staff insider tips to what's going on around the Paramount Portland Hotel. Portland is full of unique restaurants, food carts, shopping venues, and off the beaten path cultural experiences. We love sharing our favorite tips about our neighborhood with our guests.
Have some free time? Here are 5 free things to do
around the Portland Paramount Hotel
1. Take a tour of the art at The Paramount Portland Hotel
Stroll through each guest room floor which are represented by one of Portland's moveable bridges with photography by local artist, Gary Wilson, of their inner workings and custom designed console tables along with the lobby's Portland themed art.
2. Enjoy a light show
At night, directly across the street from the hotel in Director Park, a glass canopy subtly attracts attention via the light-art installation integrated into the underside of the structure. The installation was created by Seattle artist Dan Corson, titled “Mercurial Sky Dance.”
3. Walk in the park
We are located at the end of the leafy South Park Blocks. While on your walk stop by the Portland Art Museum (PAM) to see their sculpture garden. On Wednesday's from 10-2 during most months behind the hotel, Shemanski Park is home to Farmers Markets where you can buy produce and enjoy a few free samples.
4. Free walking tour (May-October)
The Secrets of Portlandia Tour is like a stand-up comedy act about Portland's history and culture. Laugh AND learn about Portland's fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today. Plus, you'll get great insider tips on restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. The Tour is FREE in the sense that there is no reservation necessary, no payment up front- if you liked the tour you can leave a tip in your tour guide's hat at the end!
5. Hear yourself Echo
This small unassuming office building lobby at 1000 SW Broadway was designed with an echo chamber. Step inside and have some fun.
Unique shops we love near The Paramount Hotel
412 SW 10th Avenue, Portland
Tender Loving Empire is a record label, retail consignment shop, and screen-printing studio focused on supporting handmade art and music while fostering community exchange.
414 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR
Find timeless quality goods made by either the designer themselves or people directly connected to the designer making a fair wage in good working conditions. Opened in 2008, Radish Underground finds independent lines you can feel good about supporting.
935 SW Washington, Portland
Woonwinkel focuses on well made, handcrafted furnishings for the home. New modern: warm, inviting, tactile, quirky. Woonwinkel showcases independent designers from all over the world, with a particular affection for makers on the U.S. west coast. Woonwinkel means "home shop" in Dutch.
1015 SW Washington St, Portland
For over 15 years, Echo Audio has been a real home stereo shop in downtown Portland. It's a hi-fi lovers dreamland, with towering wooden racks filled with an eclectic mix of new and used equipment.