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 5379 reviews


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    June 27, 2022

    If you love books - you must go.

    Loads of books of every category! I personally loved the little areas where they showcased books of certain types. To me, there is nothing like a book store where you can wander and explore.

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    June 25, 2022

    So. Many. Books.

    If you love books, this place is your Mecca. Floor after floor after floor, racks upon racks of books. This is a very dangerous place to have a credit card in your pocket. I could have easily spent the whole day and every penny I had. I actually sent a text to a friend that said “Lost in Powell’s. Send help.” It was simply amazing. HOWEVER….Portland is rough. Homeless people and drug addicts everywhere. The bookstore was a safe haven, but outside….not so much.

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    June 23, 2022

    Fine, but why recommended.....

    It was a BIG private bookstore which was nice for a change. Nothing that outstanding about it. Wasn't sure why it got such reviews. We went to the original, largest branch of the store (not Burnside St. one)

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    May 24, 2022

    Paradise for book lovers

    This is really a city of books. It’s gigantic! Many floors, coffee shop, souvenirs, endless books. It’s worth the visit.

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    May 17, 2022


    I love this place and will make a point to go every time I am in Portland. It has the biggest selection of books of every kind. You will find what you want and many things you did not even know existed. They also have a great selection of gifts and greeting cards. You can pay a small fee to have what you buy shipped home to allow you to buy as much as you want. Get a year's worth of gifting done all in one stop. Visit the cafe to get the energy to be able to see more of the store. It will take several trips to see the whole store.

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