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Powell's City of Books

1005 West Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
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  • Powell's City of BooksPro 2014
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    5 Feb 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.

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    Miranda Celeste Hale
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    4 Feb 21, 2014
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  • Powell's City of Books
    Debi H
    5 Jun 29, 2014

    A travelers destination. Full city block of books with coffee shop. It's easy to go in here, and so, so difficult to leave!

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    Kelly W
    5 Jul 06, 2014

    Best book store on the planet!

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    Shawn S
    5 Jul 02, 2014

    One of the best local book stores still around.

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    Beth H
    5 Jan 06, 2014
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    Kate Bagoy
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    5 Jun 06, 2014
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    5 Dec 29, 2013
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    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 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.

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    5 Sep 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.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Aug 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.

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  • Powell's City of BooksPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Jan 24, 2013

    A trip to Portland would not be complete without multiple visits to this Independent Bookstore Mothership. And compared to Barnes and Noble, Borders, smaller independent book stores, and their national used book buyer prowess, Powell's might be better called the Death Star.

    Like the Smithsonian, it's impossible to get through the City of Books in just one visit. Nor should you try. There's an interesting used or new book or tchochke around every nook and cranny and an invitation to linger. There's a nice coffee shop too. They even publish a map so you don't get lost within their multi-story and mulit-entrance city block. I would have stayed longer, but Gayle coaxed me out before I could evolve to the next coloured room.

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  • Powell's City of BooksPro 2014
    Diane Austin
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    5 Sep 11, 2012

    We spent the better part of a rain-soaked morning here while visiting Portland. Very cool and impressive. It is a combination book-store and community arts bulletin board. Large selection of books all tucked into different rooms and areas. Exceptionally helpful staff. An easy place to get lost in or to while away a few hours.

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    Dave M
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    5 Jul 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.

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    Martha Lee
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    5 Jan 21, 2013

    The best bookstore I have ever been in my life!

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    Fran V.
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    4 Mar 27, 2013

    This is an amazing bookstore. They sell a large variety of new and used books and have about 5 floors full of them, and each section is color coded. If you are not careful you can get lost in this place as I did.

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    Heather Purnick
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    4 Nov 12, 2013

    So many books!

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    suki
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    4 Jun 19, 2014

    So many books! This is probably the most recommended spot when you're visiting Portland. It's really a sight to be seen if you're a lover of literature.

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    Melissa Nguyen
    5 May 26, 2014

    Looking for everything books? Look no further. Powell's has the magic to make you want to read everything. When you're there, it's like a scavenger hunt for the best.

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    Peter & Susan
    5 May 25, 2014

    Great book store - you can spend a day browsing it's many nooks and crannies. A must for book lovers who want to support independent libraries, and for those who still appreciate the crisp feel of a book made of paper!

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Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find ... read more
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