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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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  • While the outside signage looks a little old and run down, the store is much more attractive on the inside than I guessed. They conveniently break it up into different colored rooms so that you do...  more »
  • Powell's is a book-lover's dream! Make sure to go to the original location on Burnside, as it's a city block of books. The rare and antique books room is by far the most fascinating, but the whole.....  more »
  • Obviously huge selection. But, the place feels kind of generic- like a slightly less nice HUGE Barnes & Noble. Doesn't have the old timey feel of a bookstore where you can get lost among rows and...  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.
  • If you love books and don't mind a busy store, this place is for you. I went with my wife to check it out, and the store's sheer volume entertained us for 4 hours. The layout is wonderfully maze-like, allowing you to get somewhat lost amongst the books. The selection was amazing. It was pleasant as an experience, and the prices were quite fair. We left with 10 books and a few pairs of socks for just over $100.
  • Great place to shop for old books, new books, used books and simply to chill and enjoy type of place! Great selections of books from the past and the present. Located near Chinatown area of downtown Portland. This is a great bookstore with a fantastic staff and while the look is slightly more modern when walking in off the street..the feel is like an old time used book stores of the past! A must for any bibliophile! Highly recommend it!
  • Just received a book I ordered one month ago; order was shipped quickly so the long delivery time is almost certainly due to Australian Customs and Australia Post and not this seller. My follow-up email query was quickly and courteously answered by Powell's. Delivery has now arrived and in very good condition: extremely well packaged and protected, which was important to me, particularly after a recent and very unsatisfactory experience with an Australian on-line book seller. Absolutely no hesitation in buying from Powell's again or recommending their excellent service. I look forward to visiting their store when I make it to Portland, OR.

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