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Powell's City of Books

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As featured in 3 Days in Portland and 2 other guides
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Address: 1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR 97209-3114
Phone Number: 503 228 4651
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The world's largest book store.

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No better reason to visit Portland, Oregon

People speak of Portland nowadays as a great new centre for foodies (which it is), or a haven for millennials who want to retire as slackers (which it is), or wonderful urban... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

People speak of Portland nowadays as a great new centre for foodies (which it is), or a haven for millennials who want to retire as slackers (which it is), or wonderful urban centre for beautiful parks and unusual gardens (which it is). But truly, after you've made your way past the blocks of exotic foodstands and dodged all the kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What is there to say? Nirvana. Heaven on Earth. Yes, it's big, but it's also "cozy", cuz the wood shelves, old - world spirit, helpful (frequently even funny) staff and great coffee shop and long history of celebrating the written word, weathering the onslaught of the internet and screens and amazons and ebays, Powell's has old/returned/dog-eared previously loved books on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You name it, they have it. Now, prices are mostly lower on Amazon (yup, it's true) but this place has the vibe. Their cafe is always packed, usually with people who treat it is their office and camp there all day. See it for the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The undisputed best bookstore in the world! They have it all from best sellers to hard to find books to books on CD. They also have a great selection of gifts, note cards, games, etc. Friendly and very helpful knowledgeable staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love books, you cannot go to Portland and not go to Powell's. You can spend a full day there without even making a dent. It has everything and what it doesn't have, they will order for you. But with old and new, I seriously doubt you will not find all that you are seeking. And if you just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Powell's is in a great location in downtown Portland and easy to find on the light rail-another great asset of Portland. You'll see more books than you will believe. The staff is excellent. You will also be in the area where food carts line the roads, and many of the downtown workers enjoy their lunch break.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Powell's is a favorite of every bibliophile in Portland, Oregon. It's also a favorite of booklovers who VISIT Portland. No matter what you're looking for, you're sure to find it. Powell's has it's main (HUGE) store on NW Burnside in Portland, plus an engineering and technical bookstore around the corner. Across the Willamette River, on Hawthorne, is Powell's Books for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For those of us who still prefer the feel of a bound volume in our hands, there truly is no better place on earth than Powell's. With five stories covering an entire city block, they literally have something for everyone, with high quality used volumes for those on a budget right next to pristine new copies of the same book... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok this is a bookstore - yes its a large bookstore, but its no different than barnes and noble and other large bookstores that used to be in malls before they were killed by ebooks! Its a nice place to rest on a hot day when you are sightseeing downtown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Prices have crept up here over the years, but it is still the most comprehensive book store around! My 9 year old can spend hours looking at the books! Wish they would lower the prices on used books since they are often just as expensive as the new ones.

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