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 5356 reviews

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  • TripAdvisor Rating
    April 10, 2021

    Fun to Do

    This is one of those nostalgic places that you can stay in for hours. There is a mix of new and old books on any topic you need, and the workers are always willing to stop and help!

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    April 6, 2021

    Can spend the whole day here!

    You can spend a whole day here. Awesome book store with a huge selection! There is all kinds of genres and the people are knowledgeable and will recommend if you're looking for something specific. Great store!

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 7, 2021

    A must see

    After a short socially distanced wait we were sanitized and reminded to keep our masks on so we automatically felt safe and valued as patrons. This establishment was such a treat to explore and discover.... There is something for everyone!

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    November 17, 2020

    Fantastic Bookstore

    I get happily lost in this bookstore at least once during every trip to Portland. It’s huge and has books of every genre plus magnets, postcards, stationery, projects for kids, and unique knickknacks! It’s much bigger than the Tattered Cover in Denver.

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    November 12, 2020

    Bigger on the inside

    This place is HUGE. And thats with certain parts of it shut down due to covid. Do yourself a favor, and even if you're not looking for a book, go inside. They sell stationary material and souvenirs as well. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. It's well reviewed for a reason!

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