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Powell's City of Books

Bookstore and Art Gallery
Pearl, Portland
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  • Karla D.
    My favorite place in Portland. You can get lost and definitely lose track of time. If you are looking for gifts to take home check this place out.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PriceJune 27
    Incredible density of really good books, as staff picks or prominently displayed. On top of having an enormous quantity of books.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaApril 4
    Late-night shopping: More than a million new and used books. Open until 11 pm. More tips about Portland in the digital LH Magazin www.lufthansa.com/magazin. Read more
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7
    Books on hold is insanely quick for in-stock books. Usually same-day service and you can call the store to request books for hold. Head on up to the top floor when you arrive.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BowersJanuary 21
    Love the used and new books shelved together, and the little note cards with staff suggestions. Found several new authors that way.
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LozanoJanuary 18
    A Portland must! When the system tells you they don't have the book you're looking for, go and snoop around the counters I found one they told me was out of stock!
  • Spencer D.
    Spencer DubJanuary 7
    If you plan to sell books, either enter at the Orange Room, or snag an escort when you enter via the Green Room. Staff might get a little cranky otherwise.
  • Arun S.
    Arun SudhindraNovember 30, 2015
    One of the best places to visit in lovely PDX. Tons of great books, keep an eye out for new and used ones if you're looking for a steal
  • Emily C.
    Emily CreasyNovember 14, 2015
    Fantastic! Books for every person. I love exploring the newer section but also going upstairs where it's quieter and less crowded.
  • Jenna A.
    Jenna AndersonOctober 11, 2015
    They call it city of books for good reason. It's easy to get lost amongst the shelves full of adventure, cooking, travel, history... You name it. It's truly a metropolis.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TSeptember 9, 2015
    The Mecca of books. This place is so huge, you probably need days to appreciate it. I'm jealous of Portlanders who have continuous access to this place.
  • Caroline J.
    Caroline JanasAugust 27, 2015
    So many books and so many people which is uplifting to see in this digital age. Old and new books together sit well and you'll be sure to find something you want. Good coffee too.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RosenbergJune 16, 2015
    The mother of all book stores, Powells has everything. And often times it has it used, saving you money. Nice places to sit and read, drink coffee, and enjoy.
  • Jaron P.
    Jaron PalmerMay 30, 2015
    This place is amazing. If you don't see want you want immediately, there's a good chance you will the next day. The friendly staff is very helpful as well.
  • Kim D.
    Kim De GuzmanMay 26, 2015
    Books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books
  • Meredith
    MeredithMay 21, 2015
    I did not give myself enough time to spend here. Loved the atmosphere, the books, the games, and the merchandise! And of you look long enough, you can find some great deals.
  • Valerie H.
    Valerie HuffmanMarch 24, 2015
    Whatever you could possibly want ....new and used. best bookstore ... great people work here. helpful but not annoying.. coffee shop is great.take books in and read. don't necessarily have to buy them
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Jim C.
    Jim ContardiMarch 8, 2015
    Even if you don't need a book, don't miss this place when you are in Pearl district. I spent 90 fascinating minute just browsing and walked out with 2 great books
  • Meah B.
    Meah BFebruary 11, 2015
    Grab yourself a book, new or old, find a nice spot then plop yourself down for a good read. You could spend all day in here.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundDecember 24, 2014
    Awesome huge book store. Hard to find these now. You can get lost in here with all the selection. If you can't find it here, it might not exist.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MarinoffDecember 1, 2014
    If you like books, you will like this place. There are no hidden treasures but there are books here you can't find anywhere else.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica Torrez-RileySeptember 21, 2014
    When you find a book you like, be sure to check a few copies to find the best deal. Used and new mixed in, usually one will be a could dollars cheaper. Use that savings to buy even more books!!
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesAugust 31, 2014
    This bookstore is huge but very easy to navigate. Tons of separate rooms with specific genres and subjects. I guarantee you will find what you're looking for.
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 25, 2014
    Put your name in for brunch at Tasty & Alder then grab a cup of coffee at Courier Coffee and browse Powell's book collection to pass the time.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 19, 2014
    Quite possibly the best bookstore in the country. The selection is immense, and the inclusion of used titles in the same space as new is fantastic.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 8, 2014
    An absolute must do for anyone visiting Portland. Even if you can't read. Also, why am I writing tips for people who can't read?
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    If you’re into rare books, the Powell’s collection is one of the best in the country – stop in and check out a first edition of The Hobbit, signed Hemingway novels, and a wealth of other goodies Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    The main store covers an entire city block, and is three stories tall – and the whole thing is packed to the rafters with every book you could ever hope to read – more than a million books. Read more
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DonnellyJuly 30, 2014
    Prepare to spend the afternoon in my favorite bookstore ever. There are enough nooks and crannies to keep you entertained for hours!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJune 5, 2014
    A bibliophile’s mecca, this 68,000-square-foot bookstore is filled with new and used titles and hosts frequent author readings. In the rare-book room, you’ll find two 1814 volumes by Lewis and Clark.
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNFebruary 19, 2014
    The world's largest independent book store in the world. You could get lost in here for days if you love books. Even if you don't like books, it's worth seeing. It's quite impressive.
  • Josef P.
    Josef PfeifferSeptember 23, 2013
    The largest bookstore in the NW, and probably America, it's an entire city block and 5 stories high. They give you a map to navigate in the beginning.
  • Rachael D.
    Rachael DiasSeptember 8, 2013
    I absolutely love this place and is a must stop for my family and me anytime I'm near Portland. You can spend hours getting lost and roaming the shelves of this huge new/used bookstore.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TianoAugust 2, 2013
    The only item this store lacks is an area for one to pitch a tent. My wife had to drag me away from the place--if she hadn't someone might have had to send a search party to find me!
  • Anne S.
    Anne SmithJuly 18, 2013
    I could get lost in this bookstore all day. You can bring up to 5 books into the coffee shop to peruse before buying. Sat and enjoyed my books for a while over a delicious cappuccino
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis H.July 16, 2013
    THE ultimate brick and mortar (new and used) book store. The staff are extremely friendly & knowledgeable. The selection is huge. Free Wifi.
  • Eric M.
    Eric ModenJune 18, 2013
    Easily could spend all day and more here; but fantastic place to browse any and all subjects. Don't forget to look up for extra copies of books.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissApril 17, 2013
    An amazing, near-endless labyrinth of books, classic book merch, Portland souvenirs, books. Put aside at least 2 hours for this place, more if you're in the mood to drag a book into the cafe there.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BoehmerDecember 27, 2012
    Small Press section in Blue Room is best collection of independently published prose, poetry, and journals in the United States.
  • Arsilanti A.
    Arsilanti ArindraDecember 10, 2012
    Books stacked up to the highest shelf. Never thought there would be a store more complete than Barnes and Noble. Just about everything is here!
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffDecember 5, 2012
    Immense downtown bookstore that puts New York City's Strand to shame. Follow the signs or end up lost for hours. Lovely mix of new and used; mass-market and small press. Great coffee shop too.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 11, 2011
    "Powell’s City of Books is the largest independent bookstore in the US. Actually, it's not so impressive when you realize there are only 4 bookstores left in the US." - Conan O'Brien
  • christina leigh m.
    christina leigh morganOctober 27, 2011
    Largest independent bookstore in the world! Aisles and aisles of books and fun greeting cards, too. Plan to spend hours here if you're an avid reader.
  • AMACOM Books
    AMACOM BooksSeptember 14, 2011
    Find business books on the ground fl. Orange Room, Aisles 531-534. We’re impressed with the selection of business writing, green business, and non-profit books. So many books on grant-writing!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 9, 2011
    Did you know? The Latin inscription on the “Pillar of Books” at the NW 11th and Couch St entrance is translated as “Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the book, sell the book.”
  • Lee Z.
    Lee Z.January 30, 2011
    Picking up a book for a kid? Skip the Children's section and walk across the street to Powell's Books: Store 2. Grab a fun, age-appropriate science or math book instead of that cutesy fluff book.
  • michael j.
    michael jonesDecember 27, 2010
    Only the coolest bookstore in the US. I can get lost in here. Nice to read and chill at coffeeshop inside. Secretly wish to bump into that special someone while browsing books and fall in love.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreDecember 13, 2010
    Powell's is the West Coast's largest bookstore and has a great selection of current titles and old favorites. Check out this Pearl District location in downtown Portland and snap up some great reads. Read more
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    Portland: It claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world. With over 4 million used and new books, you're sure to find that Slash autobiography you've been looking for! -IFC Staff
  • Noland H.
    Noland HoshinoMay 5, 2010
    Stop by The World Cup Coffee Room on the first floor. Enjoy organic tea and house-roasted coffee while you peruse books from Powell’s vast shelves. Read more
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