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Powell's City of Books

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Pearl, Portland
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  • 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 Oct 16
  • 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 Sep 8
  • Roy B.
    Roy Britton5 days ago
    Great place. Get lost, I mean it. If you love books there isn't a better place on earth. Wall to wall, floor to floor, section to subsection. Get lost inside, you'll be happy you did.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • 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.
  • Wrigley F.
    Oddly organized for the outdoor enthusiast-fishing, camping and parks are all in different areas of the store. Rail trails are with the railroad books. 🙄📚📚Women's T-shirts run small-go up a size.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Alejandro R.
    Alejandro RojoOctober 25
    Books Books and more Books, even if you don't like them, it's a whole experience. you can read the books in here with a cup of coffee and the selection is huge, you can find either a Novel or a Manga
  • Karla R.
    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.
  • 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!!
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • 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.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonovanOctober 23
    The Powell family of Portland is in a 150 year family feud with the Strand's in New York. 112 years ago they decided to solve their family issues by competing in a "creakiest wooden floors" contest.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WOctober 16
    Best bookstore I've ever been to in the US. Hands down. Incredibly well-stocked and laid out. Be careful: once you enter you will lose all track of time.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BoehmerDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Small Press section in Blue Room is best collection of independently published prose, poetry, and journals in the United States.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Dwight ดนัย
    Great bookstore and staff with $2-$6 used books. Bring old books for store credit. Vast selection of titles but touristy and can be crowded. Free wifi. African American section limited & needs help.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuAugust 4
    Such a great book store! I can spend forever in here. Though the used books are still pricier than other places I've been too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 21, 2014
    Expansive book metropolis! The gifts and stationery are as good as the books. Nice coffee shop too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yas A.
    Yas AbJune 29
    Amazing huge bookstore. It seems as if it was tailored to my taste! GREAT SELECTION!
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