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- 98%Local Culture
- 82%Budget Travelers
- 71%Family Travelers
- 70%History Buffs
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
- 56%Green Travelers
User Reviews (95 Reviews)
- 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 BooksMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 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.
- 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.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 1Mar 05, 2013
If you visit Portland you MUST come here. There is no excuse not to. There are books for every person here, including the old classics. An original of Erasmus for example will run you $11,000. Additionally you can get old political posters, political cartoons too.
- Powell's City of BooksMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersFeb 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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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.
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