Powell's City of Books
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- 98%Local Culture
- 82%Budget Travelers
- 71%Family Travelers
- 70%History Buffs
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
- 56%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (96)
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Sep 29, 2013
The best thing about Portland. This is the largest independent new/used bookstore on the planet and encompasses a whole city block! The selection of used books here is absolutely astounding, and you can often find things here that aren't even available on Amazon. There's also a coffee shop on site, and you're allowed to bring in books and flip through them for as long as you want, even if you don't buy a drink. They have branches on Hawthorne and in Beaverton, too. Amazing rare book room and lots of author events, too.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofAdventure TravelersFoodiesBackpackersOct 18, 2012
So fabulous! SO MANY BOOKS! I spent hours here. Yeah, so some books are at regular prices. But I bet you can find almost everything you're looking for. I love books! I love Powell's! I want to live in Portland just to go to Powell's all the time. Is that sad?
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 4Jul 05, 2012
Wonderful book store with a very helpful staff that will help you track down that out-of-print masterpiece that you couldn't find anywhere else. If you like books, you need to see this place. Good coffee shop too.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersMar 19, 2013
Powell's Books is simply amazing. A sanctuary for book lovers. A place where you can easily spend a whole afternoon browsing the endless corridors filled with wood shelves and books.
If you are still one of those that like to have printed books, I can guarantee that walking around Powell's will get you at least three or four purchases... not counting the ones you will borrow to read while drinking something at their coffee shop.
I believe that a visit to Portland is not complete without stoping by here. Explore the place, check random sections, pick a random book and enjoy the wonders of reading.
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- Powell's City of BooksMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 01, 2014
Truly a City of Books! Powell's in downtown Portland takes up an entire city block plus a second building! There are several rooms each with various sections. Make sure to make it all the way up to the Pearl room on the top floor to check out the rare book collection.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofFoodiesBackpackersNightlife Lovers+ 1Oct 19, 2013
This place is a book junkie's paradise. Upon entering this magical "city," my inner English Literature geek nearly exploded from happiness. Plan to spend at least a few hours wandering between the stacks as this palatial store occupies a full city block. Besides housing a giant collection of new, used and rare books, Powell's sells them for ridiculously low prices. I am still in awe of its worthiness as a bookstore since I finally found a copy of a collection of poetry I had been trying to find for months there.
- Powell's City of BooksOct 19, 2013
I've been lucky enough to visit some amazing bookstores around the world, but Powell's made my jaw drop. Four aisles just of cookbooks? A travel guides, language and literature section that takes up one-third of an entire floor? I only wished that I could have come on Saturday or Sunday, when the rare books room is open. Check the website for upcoming special events and author readings.