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 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 ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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 BooksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 28, 2013
Powell's City of Books comprises a BLOCK of downtown Portland. How many cities can make that claim? I would argue there aren't many. Book lovers will have a field day with Powell's. Even if you're not into books, you should check out the place just to check out the sheer size and magnitude of books available.
Update 03.12.12: Found this great quote from Eric Weiner of the New York Times describing Powell's:
Bookstores are thin places, too, and, for me, none is thinner than Powell’s in Portland, Ore. Sure, there are grander bookstores, and older ones, but none quite possesses Powell’s mix of order and serendipity, especially in its used-book collection — Chekhov happily cohabitating with “Personal Finance for Dummies,” Balzac snuggling with Grisham.Recommended for:Local Culture
- 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.