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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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  • We, my wife, 12yo son and myself, loved Powell's - we spent about three hours there and that was only because we had other stuff on the itinerary. Must visit for bookworms. 
    We, my wife, 12yo son and myself, loved Powell's - we spent about three hours there and that was only because we had other stuff on the itinerary. Must visit for bookworms.  more »
  • What a cool place. I should have allotted more than 20 minutes to explore (misjudged time on the transit system in the rain). Plan to return when next in Portland. 
    What a cool place. I should have allotted more than 20 minutes to explore (misjudged time on the transit system in the rain). Plan to return when next in Portland.  more »
  • Why, why do great bookstores let me in their doors? The inevitable result is too many purchases and a tedious wait for the unfortunates accompanying me as I try to decide between two cookbooks. Or... 
    Why, why do great bookstores let me in their doors? The inevitable result is too many purchases and a tedious wait for the unfortunates accompanying me as I try to decide between two cookbooks. Or...  more »
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  • Literally so fun! It was a whole experience visiting this bookstore. I love how everything is organized with lots of unique shelves with different recommendations. Lots of good deals, and obviously an amazing selection! It's so fun exploring the different sections, books, and other fun items. I love all the merch and Portland souvenirs you can get such as postcards, the store map, and their reusable bag! Definitely a Portland must visit!!
  • What a huge and amazing book store. Staff are helpful and friendly, there are more books then you can browse in a day, and the atmosphere is amazing. Keep in mind with the size of the store over multiple levels bathrooms can be a good walk to get to. Also staff can be hard to find at times, best to wait for one to show up at the help desks!
  • I adore this bookstore. Maybe one of the best I've ever visited. It's impeccably organized, clean, and very very large. I was able to find all sorts of amazing books, and some funny ones too. Lots of incredible trinkets, tshirts, stickers, socks you name it they have it. A trip to Portland without a visit to Powell's would be a wasted opportunity to delight your inner child.
  • I visited the famous Powell’s City of Books today. For a bibliophile this is heaven. It literally is a city of books. The store fills a whole city block. It has multiple floors. It has a staff that knows and loves books. I asked the woman in the rare book room about a complete works of Emile Zola and she knew what I was talking about. Sadly they didn’t have one. But my god they had nearly anything else you could possibly want. This store has to be seen to be believed. By all means visit here. The store includes a nice coffee shop too.
  • One of the biggest bookstores I have visited. I spent 2 hours here and lost track of time. Plenty of new and used books across multiple sections, floors and tall bookshelves. This store was one of our main reasons for visiting Portland and it didn't disappoint. Plenty of souvenirs and momentos to remind you of the visit. The staff were friendly and helpful and the coffee shop well stocked. Will definitely return before we leave as I will need a book for the flight.

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