Coming from a small community where shopping is limited, I love going to Washington Square, which has 140 specialty shops (from Abercrombie & Finch to Zumiez, a skateboard/snowboard store), a food court and several department stores.
Most people take malls for granted, I know, so it would be no big deal for most people.
I love just spending time wandering around looking at all the merchandise on the market.
It's overwhelming. Stores include Made in Oregon, Meier & Frank, Pottery Barn, Gap, Eddie Bauer etc etc.
What to buy: You can purchase just about anything at Washington Square, with the possible exception of toothpaste and ordinary groceries.
Regular mall stuff, I guess. The Made in Oregon store is a good place for vistors to the state to look around in.
There is a directory of all the stores on the Web site (address below)
Washington Square opens at 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 Sunday.
What to pay: All prices, especially if you shop the sales.
Pioneer Square is a nicely designed mall all hidden within buildings. Much like NYC, you don't see it unless you go into one of the entries. Once in the mall you will find your standard mall shops and some nice high end ones. Did you know we are getting a Louis Vuitton? The food court is standard but offers a nice array of flavors. Of course a mall would not be the same without Starbucks. If you look in my Albums you will see that Pioneer Place not only has one, but another only two floors up… in case you run out during your shopping spree. ;-)
What to buy: Anything and everything? Maybe not, but you could. There is a ton to pick from and they usually seem to be running one sale or another in there.
What to pay: Usual except you are TAX FREE!!! Can you say "Thank you Oregon".