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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 1 day ago
  • Roy B.
    Roy BrittonDecember 2, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Wrigley FielderAugust 28, 2016
    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
  • Natalie
    Natalie3 weeks ago
    As a book lover you cannot help but fall in love with this place. There are different themed rooms to help make searching easier and the people who work here love their job and it shows.
  • 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, 2016
    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
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaApril 4, 2016
    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
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Powell's workers probably have more attitude than any Portlander. Which is nice because everyone in Portland is so damned nice. Read more
    Upvoted May 27
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Karla R.
    Karla ReddropJuly 5, 2016
    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.
  • 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, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Spencer D.
    Spencer DubJanuary 7, 2016
    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.
    Upvoted Mar 31
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WOctober 16, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Give Portland's first (and currently only) pedestrian scramble a try at the NW entrance (the one on 11th).
    Upvoted Mar 31
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BowersJanuary 21, 2016
    Love the used and new books shelved together, and the little note cards with staff suggestions. Found several new authors that way.
  • Nichole B.
    Amazing selection of books. I love that the vintage books are mixed in with the new ones.
    Upvoted Apr 23
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuAugust 4, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jay P.
    Jay PhungSeptember 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get yourself lost on the multiple floors with thousands of books! Don't forget to pick up a few goodies that they sell too!
  • 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
  • Yas A.
    Yas AbJune 29, 2016
    Amazing huge bookstore. It seems as if it was tailored to my taste! GREAT SELECTION!
  • Dwight ดนัย
    Dwight ดนัยAugust 10, 2016
    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.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PriceJune 27, 2016
    Incredible density of really good books, as staff picks or prominently displayed. On top of having an enormous quantity of books.
  • 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.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Home to not one, but three Manga sections. You'll find them by the cafe, by the elevator that doesn't serve all floors, and by the stairs to the upper level registers.
  • From East Coast
    From East CoastAugust 29, 2014
    You could get lost in here for hours. Check out the photography section. Tons of cool books.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MozolicJune 19, 2015
    Anything you want. And if they don't have it available immediately, they will get it in a day or two. Very accommodating.
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BallesterosSeptember 5, 2014
    Favorite place in the whole world. I've traveled all the way from Chile 3 times. Try Local author Sir Robert of Brockway's amazing erotica fiction
  • 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.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BakerDecember 31, 2013
    Extremely knowledgeable staff, massive selection, and a great place to wander. There are lots of signed copies lying around, too!
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LozanoJanuary 18, 2016
    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!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FDecember 1, 2015
    Amazing adventure of a bookstore that requires multiple visits to truly appreciate!
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 26, 2011
    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!
  • Loveland L.
    Loveland LocalJanuary 15, 2013
    If you love books you can't miss Powell's. The biggest independent used and new bookstore in the world. It's AWESOME!!!
  • timothy w.
    timothy wudarskiMay 20, 2016
    The books, of the maze of endless books. Pretty surprised at the sub par periodical selection though...
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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?
  • Tony C.
    Tony CJuly 29, 2016
    Definitely get lost in here. Pick up a book and soon you will realize that two hours have gone by and you didn't even realize it
  • 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.
  • Hina H.
    Hina HApril 6, 2016
    This bookstore is simple amazing but! Give yourself at least a few hours to just get lost in their collections of books!
  • christie g.
    christie germansOctober 16, 2011
    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The map of the store is very useful and definitely check out the art/rare books section.
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PayneApril 9, 2016
    Great place to browse, spend an afternoon, and find cool local gifts.
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas ThompsonMarch 10, 2016
    Possibly the best book store in the United States
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJune 12, 2015
    You could get lost here for hours. Leave yourself time to roam and read up on bestseller and staff recommendations.
  • Lady S.
    Lady SmileJanuary 15, 2016
    This place was amazing!!!!! Where do I begin. It has everything a book lover could ask for. Highly recommend. I need one in NYC.
  • David H.
    David HamiltonSeptember 3, 2016
    Best selection books for sale on the face of the planet. Not very charming, but an amazing place.
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasJune 28, 2016
    Used books alongside new books of the same title means you can pick up some bargains. Fantastic shop.
  • Danielle
    DanielleNovember 4, 2014
    Bibliophiles look no further. This place has everything you need. The friendly staff are available to answer all your book/ comic/ arts queries.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonSeptember 24, 2014
    Awesomely ginormous bookstore you could get lost in for hours.
  • 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.
  • Lee Z.
    Lee Z.January 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherFebruary 1
    Easy to spend hours here. Rows and rows of new and used books.
  • Pete W.
    Pete WungAugust 11, 2011
    My favorite book store. Used, new, all in one stack. Where else can you find a shelf devoted to Japanese haiku poetry?
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenJuly 14, 2016
    Best book store in the world. Book several hours for yourself if it is your first time.
  • Mariano P.
    Mariano PolinesiJune 11, 2016
    If you are in Portland, don't leave without visiting this bookstore. Huge and fantastic.
  • Zachary H.
    Reviewing specifically for music books. Music section is very small, and dominated by pop-rock biographies. Was looking for world music- there are only 2 shelves, almost entirely Celtic.
  • Luis C.
    Luis CisnerosSeptember 17, 2011
    It is so relaxing to sit at a coffee shop with a few books to browse and some coffee. Worth taking time out for!
  • Powell's Books
    Powell's BooksDecember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    We're open Christmas Day (10am - 6pm) for all your last minute shopping, or to just get away from all holiday hubub. Hope to see you there. Season's Readings! Read more
  • Liz D.
    Liz DSeptember 28, 2015
    May be dangerous to note that they will ship. Also, the staff recommendations are usually spot on.
  • David
    DavidOctober 4, 2013
    If you love books, this is pretty much heaven. Easily the best part of Portland. Stop reading the tips, go buy stuff!
  • Kilian M.
    Kilian McMahonJanuary 27, 2013
    It actually has a lovely section just for books on typography which is pretty rare. Incredible book shop.
  • Vinmania
    VinmaniaMay 10, 2015
    Amazing selection. Children's section is the best I've seen in any bookstore.
  • Jay H.
    Jay HemmadyFebruary 26, 2016
    I really like to get lost in this bookstore! Just love it - nothing like it anywhere else
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CoatesJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A Portland institution. Even if you're not that into reading, it's astounding how many books they have to offer.
  • Brian E.
    Brian EibertOctober 10, 2012
    Real cool bookstore. Nice vibe. Easy to get metaphorically lost within the stacks. I wish I had more time to spend here.
  • Michaela H.
    Michaela HanakovaNovember 2, 2013
    The largest bookstore in the world. Cool place to hang out. It is a must.
  • Caren R.
    Caren RichMarch 28, 2013
    If you love books, you could live at Powell's. They will order you any book as well.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 29, 2016
    Huge selection, World Cup cafe in back with charging stations by window. Soak in sun and relax.
  • Cadence P.
    Cadence ParrishAugust 8, 2015
    Amazing place to be!! Good coffee, massive selection of books and friendly atmosphere
  • Liz P.
    Liz PullenSeptember 5, 2011
    My favorite bookstore, on- or off-line! Great for browsing, especially in fields where you are a newbie. Read more
  • Hiro F.
    Hiro F.March 18
    図書館のように広い空間に本棚と沢山の本。新刊も古本も同じように本棚に並んでいます。本を探す人、ベンチに腰を下ろして本について語る人、喫茶コーナーコーヒーを飲みながら読む人、迷路のような店内を探検する人。本を好きな人には色んな楽しみ方ができると思います。
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