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.

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    September 27, 2021
    651MichelleJA

    Book lover heaven

    The outside is unassuming, and inside is a wonderland of books arranged in numerous different rooms by categories. It was quite overwhelming, and I could have spent all day browsing. There's a rare books section too, that we entered with a special pass and enjoyed a quiet, climate controlled look at some unique historical pieces. It's worth visiting!

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    September 8, 2021
    TravelingAmos

    More than meets the eye

    While the outside signage looks a little old and run down, the store is much more attractive on the inside than I guessed. They conveniently break it up into different colored rooms so that you do not get lost so easily. It is also helpful if you visit more than once so that you can remember where you've been. I went twice during a five-day stay and could probably have come every day. I came with family the first time and on my own the second time so that I could take as long as I wanted. No matter what kind of reader you are, the store is so large and extensive that you are bound to find a book or two that you must have.

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    August 20, 2021
    358angied

    A Book-Lover's Paradise!

    Powell's is a book-lover's dream! Make sure to go to the original location on Burnside, as it's a city block of books. The rare and antique books room is by far the most fascinating, but the whole place is full of treasures and fun! Make sure to plan for several hours.

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    August 13, 2021
    SanFranciscoTRVLR

    Huge but generic feeling

    Obviously huge selection. But, the place feels kind of generic- like a slightly less nice HUGE Barnes & Noble. Doesn't have the old timey feel of a bookstore where you can get lost among rows and rows of books. The layout is kind of too airy and spacious. I used to think this was a must visit in Portland but I wouldn't necessarily say so after our most recent visit.

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    August 10, 2021
    hoopsandyoyo2

    Huge Store, Tremendous Variety

    Nice to see people still read real books. I say that because here in Chicago there aren't any large independent book stores anymore. Every category is here, nothing is spared. A true gem.

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