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At first glance, Portland may seem like Boston cast in miniature and dressed in flannel. That's partially true — locals do trudge around in Bean boots all winter and wrap themselves in dark down overcoats, and the city's architecture is similar to its southern neighbor. However, this small city has a practical and independent style that's all its own — much like Mainers themselves.

In addition to the vibrant working waterfront, a rocking live music scene, and more James Beard nominees than you can shake a spoon at, Portland is also home to a robust shopping scene that's dominated by independent boutiques rather than big-name chains.

Fortunately for visitors, Portland is small enough that you can hoof it from the East End to the West End in 30 minutes, max. Shops are spread around the city, but that's a good thing, since you'll get to spend time in the Old Port strolling picturesque cobblestone streets before heading up to the hip neighborhood of Munjoy Hill or down to the waterfront, where beachy boutiques sit next to old school fish-and-chips joints. Cap off your day with a cocktail at Vena's Fizz House, where shopping and drinking go together like jeans and boots.

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1. Haberdashery

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615 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4153
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The ‘70s revival has been going strong with no signs of letting up, which makes Haberdashery a must-visit for those seeking vintage dresses, sweaters, shoes, or jackets. Located in the hip neighborhood of Munjoy Hill, Haberdashery’s packed racks are home to ditsy '90s floral prints, chunky wool sweaters, and fringed suede vests. They’ve also got a good collection of secondhand menswear, too.
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2. Portland Flea-for-All

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585 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 370-7570
Dozens of vendors hailing from all over Maine set up booths in this indoor flea market, where you’ll find everything from taxidermy critters to vintage denim to milk glass vases. Since they’re set by individual pickers, prices for vintage items range from dirt cheap to rather expensive. If pre-used goods aren’t your jam, there are also many local designers and makers represented in the cavernous space. One standout to check for is Blood and Whiskey Studio, a T-shirt company based out of Peaks Island that makes badass cotton goods that are equally suitable for rock concerts and woodsy walks.
Photo: Erin Little

3. Renys

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542 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 553-9061
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The tagline for Renys is "A Maine Adventure," and that pretty much sums it up. This chain of department stores is found only in Maine and sells a wild range of outdoor gear, local food finds (tinned smoked oysters, anyone?), and recreation-ready clothes. Pop in to buy a sled, a cheap Columbia raincoat, a sleeping bag, or a flannel in classic Maine hues. When it comes to clothes, Reny's offers a surprisingly large selection of well-known brands at discount prices, including sweaters from Woolrich, jackets from Carhartt, and shirts from Pendleton.
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4. Aristelle

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92 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 842-6000
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If you’ve been meaning to get fitted for a new bra, Aristelle is a great place to do it, thanks to the shop’s friendly and utterly professional team of lingerie experts. Whether your underwear preference tends toward black lace or frilly and floral, you’re sure to find something to cover the goods. Owner Andrea King has made it her mission to stock bras in every size, from A through N cups. You can also find nursing bras, swimwear, loungewear, and bodysuits.
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5. Portland Dry Goods Co.

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237 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 699-5575
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From Canada Goose down coats to super soft sweatshirts, you'll find everything you need to survive a Maine winter in this well-curated store. While the men's selection is slightly stronger than the women's, there are plenty of rustic-chic options for ladies — particularly if you don't mind borrowing cashmere crewnecks or hoodies from the boys.

Photo: Erin Little

6. Judith

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3 Market St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4778
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High-end and hip, Judith specializes in clothes that are just the right amount of funky, like a mushroom-gray Ulla Johnson cashmere body suit, a pair of voluminous culottes from Rachel Comey, or an army green karate jacket from Grei. In addition to designer clothes, Judith also stocks shoes and accessories (for a cheap thrill, look for the cool little collection of stud earrings). Prices range from $200 to $600.

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7. Vena's Fizz House

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345 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4901
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It’s a bar. It’s a shop. It’s a restaurant. Vena’s is many things, but the first word that comes to mind is cool. Inside this well-designed space you’ll find more types of bitters than you knew existed, DIY liquor infusion kits, and a lovely selection of unique glassware that co-owner Johanna Corman found at flea markets and yard sales. When you’re done shopping, be sure to make time for a cocktail (or a mocktail) at the bar in the back, where Johanna’s husband Steve mixes up flavorful concoctions served (almost always) with a dash of bitters on top.
Photo: Erin Little

8. More & Co.

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112 High St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4730
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Founded in 2013 by a team of artists and designers, More & Co. specializes in locally-made art objects and clothes, many of which are crafted by the owners, including an in-house line of T-shirts and totes. The collection of ceramics is particularly strong and includes pieces by local designers Meghan Flynn, Chloe May Brown, and ANK. The sunny, Instagram-ready shop rotates its entire collection four times a year to keep things fresh.

Photo: Erin Little

9. Moody Lords Vinyl/Vintage

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566 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-1149
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Boxes of vinyl seem right at home next to racks of vintage in this eclectic Congress Street shop. A little digging will yield Bee Gees records or a Beach Boys LP plus duds to match, like polyester blouses, stacked heel leather booties, and crochet handbags. Prices are reasonable and the search is half the fun.
Photo: Erin Little

10. K Colette

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100 Commercial St #112
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-9099
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Embroidered pillows, handwoven baskets, and elegant ceramics lend a bohemian, beach house feel to this artsy boutique. The textiles selection is particularly great and includes luxury linens and plush wool blankets. Prices for the big ticket items like bedspreads and chandeliers can run around $500, but there are plenty of under-$100 finds, including blown glass vases, scented candles, and quirky stationery.
Photo: Erin Little

11. Portland Trading Company

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157 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-0228
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Although not every item is made in Maine, there is a strong New England vibe to Portland Trading Co., located downstairs from Bull Moose (a popular local chain of record stores), this lifestyle shop boasts a little bit of everything, including beautifully made homegoods, unisex leather satchels, nature-inspired jewelry, and a good sampling of designer clothes, denim, and shoes.
Photo: Erin Little

12. Yes Books

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589 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-3233
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Every available surface is packed with books or prints in this chaotically cluttered bookshop, where you're equally likely to find a 40-cent thriller or a $50 rare art book. Although there is little space to move around, the shelves are well marked and include wonderful used and rare tomes. (The poetry section is particularly notable.) For books by Maine authors, check out nearby Longfellow Books, where you'll find brand new novels by the likes of Lily King and Richard Russo.

Photo: Erin Little

13. Bliss Boutiques

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58 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 879-7125
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The look at Bliss is all-American: designer denim, buttery leather saddlebags, fisherman-style sweaters, and chambray dresses. Prices start around $40 for a raglan pullover and go up to $400 for sweaters. Save a little time to hop across the street to Zane, another cute local boutique, and if there are any kids on your shopping list, be sure to check out Little next door for sweet wooden toys and darling onesies.

Photo: Erin Little

1. Haberdashery

615 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
The ‘70s revival has been going strong with no signs of letting up, which makes Haberdashery a must-visit for those seeking vintage dresses, sweaters, shoes, or jackets. Located in the hip neighborhood of Munjoy Hill, Haberdashery’s packed racks are home to ditsy '90s floral prints, chunky wool sweaters, and fringed suede vests. They’ve also got a good collection of secondhand menswear, too.
615 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

2. Portland Flea-for-All

585 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
Dozens of vendors hailing from all over Maine set up booths in this indoor flea market, where you’ll find everything from taxidermy critters to vintage denim to milk glass vases. Since they’re set by individual pickers, prices for vintage items range from dirt cheap to rather expensive. If pre-used goods aren’t your jam, there are also many local designers and makers represented in the cavernous space. One standout to check for is Blood and Whiskey Studio, a T-shirt company based out of Peaks Island that makes badass cotton goods that are equally suitable for rock concerts and woodsy walks.
585 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Renys

542 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
The tagline for Renys is "A Maine Adventure," and that pretty much sums it up. This chain of department stores is found only in Maine and sells a wild range of outdoor gear, local food finds (tinned smoked oysters, anyone?), and recreation-ready clothes. Pop in to buy a sled, a cheap Columbia raincoat, a sleeping bag, or a flannel in classic Maine hues. When it comes to clothes, Reny's offers a surprisingly large selection of well-known brands at discount prices, including sweaters from Woolrich, jackets from Carhartt, and shirts from Pendleton.
542 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Aristelle

92 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
If you’ve been meaning to get fitted for a new bra, Aristelle is a great place to do it, thanks to the shop’s friendly and utterly professional team of lingerie experts. Whether your underwear preference tends toward black lace or frilly and floral, you’re sure to find something to cover the goods. Owner Andrea King has made it her mission to stock bras in every size, from A through N cups. You can also find nursing bras, swimwear, loungewear, and bodysuits.
92 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Portland Dry Goods Co.

237 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little

From Canada Goose down coats to super soft sweatshirts, you'll find everything you need to survive a Maine winter in this well-curated store. While the men's selection is slightly stronger than the women's, there are plenty of rustic-chic options for ladies — particularly if you don't mind borrowing cashmere crewnecks or hoodies from the boys.

237 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Judith

3 Market St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little

High-end and hip, Judith specializes in clothes that are just the right amount of funky, like a mushroom-gray Ulla Johnson cashmere body suit, a pair of voluminous culottes from Rachel Comey, or an army green karate jacket from Grei. In addition to designer clothes, Judith also stocks shoes and accessories (for a cheap thrill, look for the cool little collection of stud earrings). Prices range from $200 to $600.

3 Market St
Portland, ME 04101

7. Vena's Fizz House

345 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
It’s a bar. It’s a shop. It’s a restaurant. Vena’s is many things, but the first word that comes to mind is cool. Inside this well-designed space you’ll find more types of bitters than you knew existed, DIY liquor infusion kits, and a lovely selection of unique glassware that co-owner Johanna Corman found at flea markets and yard sales. When you’re done shopping, be sure to make time for a cocktail (or a mocktail) at the bar in the back, where Johanna’s husband Steve mixes up flavorful concoctions served (almost always) with a dash of bitters on top.
345 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

8. More & Co.

112 High St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little

Founded in 2013 by a team of artists and designers, More & Co. specializes in locally-made art objects and clothes, many of which are crafted by the owners, including an in-house line of T-shirts and totes. The collection of ceramics is particularly strong and includes pieces by local designers Meghan Flynn, Chloe May Brown, and ANK. The sunny, Instagram-ready shop rotates its entire collection four times a year to keep things fresh.

112 High St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Moody Lords Vinyl/Vintage

566 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
Boxes of vinyl seem right at home next to racks of vintage in this eclectic Congress Street shop. A little digging will yield Bee Gees records or a Beach Boys LP plus duds to match, like polyester blouses, stacked heel leather booties, and crochet handbags. Prices are reasonable and the search is half the fun.
566 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

10. K Colette

100 Commercial St #112, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
Embroidered pillows, handwoven baskets, and elegant ceramics lend a bohemian, beach house feel to this artsy boutique. The textiles selection is particularly great and includes luxury linens and plush wool blankets. Prices for the big ticket items like bedspreads and chandeliers can run around $500, but there are plenty of under-$100 finds, including blown glass vases, scented candles, and quirky stationery.
100 Commercial St #112
Portland, ME 04101

11. Portland Trading Company

157 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little
Although not every item is made in Maine, there is a strong New England vibe to Portland Trading Co., located downstairs from Bull Moose (a popular local chain of record stores), this lifestyle shop boasts a little bit of everything, including beautifully made homegoods, unisex leather satchels, nature-inspired jewelry, and a good sampling of designer clothes, denim, and shoes.
157 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101

12. Yes Books

589 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little

Every available surface is packed with books or prints in this chaotically cluttered bookshop, where you're equally likely to find a 40-cent thriller or a $50 rare art book. Although there is little space to move around, the shelves are well marked and include wonderful used and rare tomes. (The poetry section is particularly notable.) For books by Maine authors, check out nearby Longfellow Books, where you'll find brand new novels by the likes of Lily King and Richard Russo.

589 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

13. Bliss Boutiques

58 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
Photo: Erin Little

The look at Bliss is all-American: designer denim, buttery leather saddlebags, fisherman-style sweaters, and chambray dresses. Prices start around $40 for a raglan pullover and go up to $400 for sweaters. Save a little time to hop across the street to Zane, another cute local boutique, and if there are any kids on your shopping list, be sure to check out Little next door for sweet wooden toys and darling onesies.

58 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101