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 ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureFoodies+ 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 ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureWellnessOct 18, 2013
It is mind-blowing how large, comprehensive, and attractive Powell's Books is. The multi-story building on the corner of Burnside and 10th is not only fun for browsing (as they have tons of magazines, journals, reading-related knick-knacks, and a huge art and photo book section), but it's almost guaranteed they'll have whatever you're looking for, however esoteric or out-of-fashion. But unlike many booksellers that cater to hard-core readers, Powell's also has all the new best sellers and popular kids' rags. You could spend an entire day at Powell's, and the staff don't mind if you do. You can also sell your old books at the back entrance for a decent price. (And for out-of-towners, you can buy books from Powell's online - for awhile they rivaled Amazon in selection.)
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofBudget 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 ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Aug 25, 2013
The brick and mortar bookstore is not dead. If you were wondering, you'll cheer up to ecstatic when you step into one of the many doors and the many floors of Powell's. Rooms and rooms and shelves and shelves of great books, so many you'll need either some speed or a gallon of Portland's best grind to get you through all the books you want to own and read. Great people watching too.
- 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.
- Powell's City of BooksJun 28, 2013
Imagine the ancient, royal library of Alexandria as run operated by Portland hipsters, and you might grasp the scope, quirkiness and wonder that makes up Powell's City of Books. You can buy books, sell books, buy and consume lovely coffee and get considerable exercise just learning your way around the store. Powell's must have been created by book lovers rather than as an endeavor of sheer commerce, and that character shines beautifully through. Highly recommended!
- Powell's City of BooksFeb 20, 2013
Powell's was the book store that I did my first online purchase. This was before Amazon was around. This place is how all the book stores should look and feel like. I love the old huge wooden shelves and specially the notes employes add to several books giving their reviews. Such an unique and authentic experience.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 3Jul 05, 2012
Yes, it's bookstore but it's not "just" a bookstore. It's the worlds larges bookstore and a must see.
This place is amazing and you can easily spend hours browsing the shelves. The customer service is amazing and the staff is more than eager to help.