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 5352 reviews

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  • TripAdvisor Rating
    June 12, 2020

    You want it, they likely have it!

    We had to cancel our trip to Portland, and one of the disappointments was not being able to visit Powell's in person. But then we were looking for the books of a specific author, and so we checked the Powell's website. It was user friendly, we found most of the books that we were looking for, ordered them, and they arrived when promised here in Canada. It just makes us more hungry to be able to explore the physical store in person!

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    May 23, 2020

    The worlds greatest bookstore

    Visiting Powell’s was an epic experience, it’s one I’ll tell my kids about for sure! A million titles, a city block of books. It’s a book lovers paradise.

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    March 31, 2020
    john b

    A "Destination" Bookstore

    This place is huge, a multi story bookstore that takes up an entire city block. They have every book you can think of, old and new. Also gifts, cards, coffee and more.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 16, 2020

    Wonderful world of books

    Powell’s book store is a cherished gem in Portland. If you’re visiting Portland it is truly a sight to see. With multiple floors that are color coded for easy navigation this place is a world of knowledge, games and entertainment for the heart and mind. There is public transportation and parking garages close by.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 15, 2020

    Floors and floor of books!

    What a fun afternoon! Tons of books, coffee and other neat things. We went home with several fun items and really had a good time browsing the store. Make sure you see it for yourself!

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