Powell's City of Books fills an entire city block, where it sells new and used books. The company claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the U.S. It buys over 3,000 books every day to sells in its used and rare book sections. Be sure to stop by the rare book room where autographed copies and rare editions are displayed. Called "the coolest bookstore in the world" by CNN, the store hosts art exhibits and author events. Visit the website for a list of upcoming book signings. Plan to visit Powell's City of Books during your Portland vacation using our convenient Portland journey site.
Powell's City of Books reviews
I get happily lost in this bookstore at least once during every trip to Portland. It’s huge and has books of every genre plus magnets, postcards, stationery, projects for kids, and unique... more »
This place is HUGE. And thats with certain parts of it shut down due to covid. Do yourself a favor, and even if you're not looking for a book, go inside. They sell stationary material and souvenirs... more »
So much fun! Floors and floors of books, knickknacks, etc. There is something for everyone to love. Great for gift shopping. This store is a tourist attraction for anyone visiting Portland, Oregon or it's surrounds. The staff was happy and friendly and knowledgeable. Prices were reasonable. We had no trouble parking. Great outing. I could have purchased more but I was very satisfied with what I bought.
Stellar, unique and a literary universe unto itself, this famed bookstore more than warrants the kudos. You can find pretty much any book under the sun in all categories. The book staff is very knowledgeable and a great asset. You can scour pages galore here, spending hours in blissful solitude or just get a book (or 6) to go and read at home. It's also great to see bookstores still in vogue as Kindles inherit the earth. This store is also very Portland in the best way possible. It's a winding maze of layers and you can easily get lost here with so many vibrantly engaging options. You might even strike up some good conversation with some of the locals (and some of the famous ones at that) that frequent this deliciously trendy and gorgeous warehouse of books. A must for visitors to Portland and a must for residents as well. Great place! Believe the hype.
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