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 5386 reviews


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    October 31, 2022

    Must visit

    We, my wife, 12yo son and myself, loved Powell's - we spent about three hours there and that was only because we had other stuff on the itinerary. Must visit for bookworms.

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    October 28, 2022

    Powell Books

    What a cool place. I should have allotted more than 20 minutes to explore (misjudged time on the transit system in the rain). Plan to return when next in Portland.

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    October 27, 2022

    Brilliant, As Always

    Why, why do great bookstores let me in their doors? The inevitable result is too many purchases and a tedious wait for the unfortunates accompanying me as I try to decide between two cookbooks. Or science books. Or travelogues. Oh, I'm sorry; you wanted to read about Powell's, not my unfortunate obsession with printed material. Powell's is very large, and it's absolutely possible to spend many happy hours browsing their selections in far more categories than you knew existed. On this trip, I found a Kipling book I had never even heard of before, and I've been collecting Kipling's works for many years now. A great place to find gift books for kids as well as adults or just to seek out something new for yourself. I consider Powell's a must-visit in Portland. Bring a friend with similar reading interests!

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    October 7, 2022

    I'd Give It A 10

    If you can't find or order a title from Powell's, it doesn't exist. Wonderful store and could have spent a day just browsing.

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    September 23, 2022

    Greatest Bookstore I've Visited

    A must see when visiting Portland. The most fabulous bookstore I've ever visited. You can spend an afternoon just browsing all the collections. The store is expertly organized and pretty easy to navigate but there's always someone nearby to guide and help you out. You can also pick up some unique and cute souvenir items to take back home.

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