Powell's Books, Inc.

Powell's City of Books

Bookstore and Art Gallery
1005 W Burnside St (at NW 10th Ave.), Portland, OR 97209, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–11:00 PM
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Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world.


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    Ian O.
    "One of the best places to get lost in for a book lover!"(7 Tips)
    Jacob R.
    "Nice places to sit and read, drink coffee, and enjoy."(23 Tips)
    Curtis C.
    "Check out the Rare Books Room upstairs."(10 Tips)
    Len A.
    "WiFi works for web browsing, not so much for email."(5 Tips)
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  • Azam Q.

    One of the last grade book and coffee shops left in this entire state

    Azam Qayum · 22 hours ago
  • Christopher B.

    Truly an amazing selection of books. Food is subpar.

    Christopher Best · 3 days ago
  • Stuart C.

    A Portland institution. Even if you're not that into reading, it's astounding how many books they have to offer.

    Stuart Coates · 1 week ago
  • Jeff S.

    If you like books, plan on spending a few hours. You don't want to miss anything.

    Jeff Stockett · 1 week ago
  • Jessica W.

    Holy crap. This place is the most amazing book store I've ever been to. I would come back to Portland just for this place.

    Jessica Weiss · 3 weeks ago
  • Debra E.

    Don't come in if you're in a hurry. .... easy to lose track of time in this amazing place

    Debra E · 3 weeks ago
  • Evan G.

    If you come here be prepared to spend the whole day. So many books!

    Evan Gainder · July 4
  • Ava

    you could probably find any book on earth worth reading here

    Ava · June 30
  • Ly L.

    Restroom is not in the coffee shop but the purple room. Check out the rare book section!

    Ly Lê · June 30
  • Fire F.

    Powells is the best book store ever!

    Fire Fly · June 23
  • Annie D.

    Super cool. Have every book imaginable.

    Annie Demczak · June 22
  • Jack H.

    Believe the hype: this is one of the world's greatest bookstores.

    Jack Holmes · June 22
  • Gehlen E.

    Everything is good! It's books!!

    Gehlen Exum · June 22
  • Lynn M.

    Anything you want. And if they don't have it available immediately, they will get it in a day or two. Very accommodating.

    Lynn Mozolic · June 19
  • Jacob R.

    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.

    Jacob Rosenberg · June 16
  • Adam H.

    You could get lost here for hours. Leave yourself time to roam and read up on bestseller and staff recommendations.

    Adam Hickey · June 12
  • Alon C.

    חנות ענקית של ספרים, זה מדהים שדבר כזה עדיין קיים בעידן האלקטרוני

    Alon Cohen · June 10
  • Daniela G.

    Heaven for book lovers.

  • Tobias N.

    Huge, friendly - Huge Sports Book department.

    Tobias Nehren · June 7
  • Jaron P.

    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.

    Jaron Palmer · May 30
  • Kim D.

    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

    Kim De Guzman · May 26
  • Dave S.

    This place is basically an amazing museum dedicated to literature!

    Dave S. · May 25
  • Audrie W.

    Good books, good prices, good people. What more do I have to say?

    Audrie Weston · May 25
  • Meredith M.

    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.

  • Ece G.

    You can find all kinds of books

    Ece Güngör · May 21
  • Leigar C.

    Spare time? Come here.

    Leigar Cíanad · May 20
  • Mai G.

    It is a book UNIVERSE. Indescribable unless you've actually wandered through.

    Mai Guss · May 19
  • Vinmania

    Amazing selection. Children's section is the best I've seen in any bookstore.

    Vinmania · May 10
  • Mariana G.

    La mejor librería del mundo. Toma tiempo recorrerla, vale mucho la pena.

  • Khesa P.

    This place is awesome. The best bookstore I've ever been to.

    Khesa Pinkard · April 28
  • Sean S.

    Instead of trying to park above Powell's, just park in the Brewery Blocks parking lot. So much easier to get in or out.

    Sean Staley · April 26
  • K Madi E.

    Free wifi. Best selection of books. I get lost in here for hours. In a good way.

    K Madi Erion · April 15
  • Daniel K.

    Lots of books, bring money

    Daniel Klotz · April 11
  • Chelsea E.

    This place was amazing. I don't think I've ever seen this many books in any place other than a library!

    Chelsea Enoch · March 31
  • Valerie H.

    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

    Valerie Huffman · March 24
  • Frank T.

    Rare book collection is so peaceful.

    Frank Thetank · March 18
  • Ian O.

    Awesomeness. One of the best places to get lost in for a book lover!

    Ian O'Brien · March 17
  • Paris B.

    One of the most incredible book shops in the world.

  • Cassidy G.

    Oh I never wanted to leave! I think when you walk in they should give you a little wagon to roll around like in Matilda. :-)

    Cassidy Gott · March 9
  • Jim C.

    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

    Jim Contardi · March 8
  • nanci b.

    Take some time and look around

    nanci booher · March 6
  • Jade A.

    Bldg 2 has technical books

    Jade Applegate · March 1
  • Ryan T.

    Check out the *buy it for the cover* spinner in the sci fi/fantasy area.

    Ryan Thompson · February 24
  • Maddy B.

    If you love the smell of books and coffee (but mostly books) than this is heaven to people like you.

    Maddy Boden · February 22
  • Tutta K.

    Волшебное место! Букинистика на любой вкус. И пахнет как в советском книжном магазине :)

    Tutta Karlson · February 14
  • Meah B.

    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.

    Meah B · February 11
  • Lori R.

    The rare book room at the top is amazing if you're a true book lover

    Lori Rountree · February 5
  • Jared

    Yes its touristy. Yes it's still amazing and wonderful.

    Jared · February 5
  • James V.

    Get a map. It's not too hard to get lost.

    James Veber · January 29
  • Kelly W.

    Huge book store that's very casual and organized. Come stay a while.

    Kelly Wong · January 18

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