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 5354 reviews

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  • TripAdvisor Rating
    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.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    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!

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    October 24, 2020

    Vacation recommendation

    Powell’s was recommended by friends as a must to stop and shop. They are following Covid-19 procedures and minimize capacity. Wait outside till your turn. Social distancing expected as well as face coverings. FYI only a couple sections of the store are open. So there expansive inventory may not be available when you visit. This is a city business in the Pearl District. Meter parking, Lyft or public transport are your options.

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    October 11, 2020

    Must do when in PDX for ALL book lovers

    Literally could spend hours here and we are from NYC where we have the Strand!!! Prices, staff and selection can not be beat! Some rooms were covid closed but they made up for it with the selections in the green room. Awesome place!!

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    October 10, 2020

    It's open!

    While only a few of the rooms are open for business now, we were really happy to go inside and make a few purchases at one of our favorite Portland stops. They are doing everything they can to make it a safe shopping experience and I certainly wish them the best!

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