I have no idea why this place should be on anyone’s list of top place to see in Portland. It is just a empty block of bricks. It does make for a good place to hold events in downtown but we are coming down to the event, not to see the Pioneer Square. They call this the living room of Portland but without an event going on it is like a living room with no furniture. If there is an event going on here like the Holiday Ale Festival, the lighting of the city Christmas Tree, a 100 tuba recital then by all means stop by. But otherwise don’t make a special trip to see the Square.
There are a few things that may draw you here even when there is not an event. This place is in the center of downtown Public transportation hub. The Tourist office is here. The hop-on-hop off bus tour starts here. Umbrella man statue is here. You may end up here but don’t make a special trip.