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 5423 reviews


  • TripAdvisor Rating
    May 14, 2024

    Great Experience

    I enjoy going to Powell's when in Portland. There is a large selection of used books with reasonable prices. I have also sold books to Powell's for a decent price. If you love books, Powell's is a must when in Portland.

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    April 28, 2024
    E C

    Fun to explore

    They have an enormous selection spanning every genre. It's fun to explore the different sections. Checking out the rare books room was fun as well.

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    April 2, 2024
    Thomas V

    Bags of Books

    We spent a good part of the afternoon here searching through the books, both old and new. It's a very large store. We left with big bags full of books. It's a good thing we had a car to load them into.

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    March 12, 2024

    A large and nice bookstore

    Powell’s City of Books is very large and have nearly all kinds of books in it. There are also some DVD and other book’s related products sold in the bookstore. The staffs are very nice and friendly. I like it very much.

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    February 22, 2024

    must-see for book nerds

    Expansive book store, very fun to wander through. Almost too big - if you're short on time you won't be able to see it all. You could easily kill half a day in here. The rare book room on the top floor was interesting to look through, so definitely check that out, and then make your way down, stopping at whichever sections interest you most. After browsing, I bought some books and sat in the attached cafe to read for an hour before meeting up with friends.

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