Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s City of Books is a book lover’s paradise ⁠— the largest independent bookstore in the world.

Located in downtown Portland, occupying an entire city block, Powell’s stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color-coded rooms house more than 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.

Be sure to grab a map: The store takes up an entire city block and it’s easy to get lost among a  million books.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 5362 reviews


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    July 28, 2021

    Basically a library

    This is basically the main library branch of a large city, so many books with plenty to offer for everyone.

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    July 21, 2021

    Nirvana for Book Lovers!

    If you're a bookstore nerd, this is a must-visit store. Use the store map to plan out your visit or just get lost in the stacks. You'll find gems in every section. Plan on spending an entire afternoon here. As of July 2021, public restrooms were not available due to Covid restrictions. Also, if you want to buy a t-shirt, know that they run small -- very small, so plan on sizing up a size or two. A personal plug: if you're going to buy books, buy from indie stores like Powells -- your money goes to support local book stores and won't fund billionaire's frivolous trips into space...

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    July 19, 2021
    Jen M

    Quite the experience

    Eclectic, interesting book palace in downtown Portland. Overwhelming in the best way. I could have spent hours there, and hundreds of dollars. So many choices. I don’t know if it’s better to go here knowing exactly what you want, or not knowing at all…

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    July 16, 2021


    Get lost in thousands of volumes from the 1800’s to present day. Was a fun activity for my girl and I to do while visiting portland.

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    June 22, 2021

    Try the smaller stores if you’re overwhelmed.

    It’s a cool spot and definitely worth a visit. You could spend all day here if you wanted to as it is quite overwhelming. There are some smaller Powell’s books and the outskirts of the city that you could go to if you want to be less overwhelmed.

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