Powell's City of Books
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- 98%Local Culture
- 81%Budget Travelers
- 72%History Buffs
- 69%Family Travelers
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
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- Powell's City of BooksMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Feb 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.Recommended for:
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofHistory BuffsLocal 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.Recommended for:
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jan 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.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Sep 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.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jul 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 ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Mar 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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