Powell's Books, Inc.

Powell's City of Books

Bookstore and Art Gallery · Pearl
1005 W Burnside St (at NW 10th Ave.), Portland, OR 97209, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (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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    Team Coco
    "largest independent bookstore in the US."(13 Tips)
    Stuart C.
    "how many books"(9 Tips)
    mario a.
    "Visit the rare book room on the top floor when it is open."(12 Tips)
    "It claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world."(4 Tips)
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  • James B.

    The world's biggest bookstore. If you like books then this is the place to come.

    James Bates · 3 days ago
  • Matt F.

    Craziest bookstore I've ever been in.

    Matt Folger · 6 days ago
  • Alex

    Try not to get lost!

    Alex · 6 days ago
  • Emily C.

    Fantastic! Books for every person. I love exploring the newer section but also going upstairs where it's quieter and less crowded.

    Emily Creasy · 2 weeks ago
  • Dørte

    it's huge!

    Dørte · 2 weeks ago
  • Chris H.

    Go early Sunday. Grab a coffee and just get lost in the stacks.

    Chris Hayes · October 25
  • Carmen S.

    If you are looking for a good book go here! You can find an amazing book anywhere in this store.

    Carmen Sharpe · October 24
  • Peter K.

    Best bookstore in America!

    Peter Korneffel · October 17
  • Jenna A.

    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.

    Jenna Anderson · October 11
  • Karen P.

    Amazing, plan to spend the day

    Karen Pike Fecteau · October 9
  • Javier C.

    Love it! They have a place for you to use your computer, sit and read.

    Javier Carmona · October 7
  • Tanzala D.

    Love this place!! Favorite place to get lost. So many books

    Tanzala Dickerson · October 6
  • Brandon H.

    Stepping in the doors gives me goosebumps every time.

    Brandon Hoang · October 5
  • Liz D.

    May be dangerous to note that they will ship. Also, the staff recommendations are usually spot on.

    Liz Denys · September 28
  • Aptain U.

    truly inspiring and calming and huge

    Aptain Urthei · September 24
  • Storm C.

    So many books!!!

    Storm C. · September 22
  • Christopher E.

    So many books. All the books. Best place to find a gift book.

    Christopher Embrey · September 22
  • Mike W.

    It is ridiculous how big it is, very easy to get lost in.

    Mike Waleke · September 16
  • Ty S.

    Be sure to check out the room of rare books.

    Ty Smith · September 16
  • tessa c.

    Giant bookstore with everything you can imagine

    tessa c · September 15
  • mario a.

    Visit the rare book room on the top floor when it is open. So awesome!!

    mario anima · September 14
  • Kaitlin T.

    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.

    Kaitlin T · September 9
  • Jay P.

    Get yourself lost on the multiple floors with thousands of books! Don't forget to pick up a few goodies that they sell too!

    Jay Phung · September 5
  • Toño R.

    Book Heaven!!!!!

    Toño Requena · August 27
  • Caroline J.

    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.

    Caroline Janas · August 27
  • andrew r.

    Like the Strand but cleaner and more organized.

    andrew ross · August 15
  • Ashley K.

    You'll plan to make a quick stop. You'll actually spend hours browsing. Embrace it!

    Ashley Kemper · August 9
  • Cadence P.

    Amazing place to be!! Good coffee, massive selection of books and friendly atmosphere

    Cadence Parrish · August 8
  • Rachel Dawn K.

    Heaven on earth. So many good reads, not enough time go read them!

    Rachel Dawn Kane · August 4
  • Azam Q.

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

    Azam Qayum · August 3
  • Christopher B.

    Truly an amazing selection of books. Food is subpar.

    Christopher Best · July 31
  • 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 · July 27
  • Jeff S.

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

    Jeff Stockett · July 25
  • 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 · July 13
  • Debra E.

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

    Debra E · July 13
  • 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 S.

    Super cool. Have every book imaginable.

    Annie S · 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
  • 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

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