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Powell's City of Books, Portland

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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 .
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  • If you love to read, definitely put this on your itinerary! TONS of books and comics! Plus there’s a cute little coffee shop in the back to sit and read! Nice and friendly staff willing to help you lo...  more »
  • This famous book store is a must to visit. Yes, you may need to use the map provided. It's just that big! Plenty of staff to guide you though. So many categories, easily displayed. You may need to che...  more »
  • The greatest independent bookstores offer an experience to which the purchase of books (is almost incidental, though I did walk out with an armload of way more than I'd intended. It's a world of books...  more »
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  • What's not to love? It's a giant bookstore with a great atmosphere, well organized, tons of books in any genre or on any topic you can think of. Was pleased to see a very large Buddhist section and a far better than average section with native materials (mostly kids books, but a fair bit of other stuff too) in Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese specifically). Prices were mostly typical, decent for used books. Could easily lose two or three hours here and come out with way too much stuff. But fun to wander in just looking too!
  • Book lovers.... everything. There is literally something for everyone. I wondered around for who knows how long and I still didn't manage to hit every part of the collection. The multi-door elevator was also impressive. The rare books room was really neat, again, a little something for everyone. There's a nice little coffee shop inside and even more books spilling into that room. If i lived here I could see spending an entire day just hanging out here.
  • Awesome experience! This book store is a must see. New and old books. I was lucky enough to come across two old car servicing manuals for an older car (1966). Very cool. Great vibe and helpful staff. I wish I lived closer. I would drop by all the time and buy books I did not even know existed!
  • I can't spend enough time in this place. I want to just sleep over and hang out in the books all week! Amazing selection, of course. Love all the random items they have too, such as journals, crazy socks, etc. Board game section had some classic games and kids games with a few awesome modern board games. It could use some more rounding out though. Staff is helpful, and I like the staff picks that are noted on different books!
  • A book store in 2018 that appears to still thrive in the age of e-books. That's pretty impressive. As I wandered around the store I found myself picking up lots of interesting books. So often these days, other book stores seem to be more about volume and coffee and non-book trinkets. Powell's curates well and individual books seem to stand out and draw attention. I bought an interesting book about Portland which I'm pretty certain isn't even available in electronic form. Maybe Powell's knows how to survive this new book era. I certainly hope so.
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