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 5416 reviews


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    November 26, 2023
    Laura H

    Immense Bookstore

    Powell’s City of Books is an unbelievably huge bookstore. It’s in a multi story building that takes up a whole city block. It has every kind of book imaginable, including a rare book section. There is also a gift shop inside where you can buy art supplies and other interesting items besides books.

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    November 5, 2023
    Jamie S

    A Magical Place of Books

    Powell's City of Books is truly a magical place and a must see for any book enthusiast and new comer to Portland. There are so many options and genres that you could easily get lost in the store for hours and come out with a bag full of books. The only disappointment was that we had to ultimately leave. If we are ever back in Portland, we will be sure to visit again.

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    October 9, 2023

    Reading wonderland

    Always a favorite when we visit Portland. I got lost a few times especially when looking for the nature/science sections. But as always it means you discover a few more things. All three of us came away with a few new finds.

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    October 6, 2023


    Huge bookstore! I wish I’d had room to buy books. I did find small souvenirs to get which I really liked. I recommend coming even just to browse.

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    September 10, 2023

    Love Powells

    We visit Powell’s every time we are in Portland and usually leave with a bag full of books. Great variety, including some hard to find titles. Read a book, you won’t be sad that you did.

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