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Powell's City of Books

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1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR 97209-3114
+1 503-228-4651
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’m a self professed nerd and when it comes to bookstores I can spend days just poking around. Powell’s is a rarity among bookstores. Not only do they have a mix of new and used together (yay!) but they also have a system that works...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

What a huge bookstore! I'm not a reader and was impressed. Computer system to find books was great and accurate. Tons of different rooms of shelves from floor to ceiling. We bought two book and weren't even planning on it.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's really not so much all about used books. There are many, many books to choose from. We had a great time perusing the titles in the children's section and brought back a couple of volumes that caught our eye. I can see why people...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The place is immense, taking a whole city block, with stacks running for what feels like miles in all directions. Patience, a copy of their map, and a sharp eye can reveal gems all over. If you can, take the time to wander the rare...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank UKLaTxDuck
Reviewed 3 days ago

Powell's is simply AMAZING. It is a must-do on any visit to Portland. How can you beat a gigantic bookstore that takes up an entire city block? We explored for about an hour (if we didn't have more to do, we could have easily spent...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is the biggest bookstore I have ever saying and I am proud that there still remains a bookstore This large when all other bookstores have closed or have greatly diminished their selection. Each section of Powell’s city of books is a different genre. I...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank AngelaPayne5
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazed at the size of this place. My daughter is an avid reader, we have been searching for her in this store for three hours. If you’re reading this Addi- send up a smoke signal so we can find you.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank MisterDT
Reviewed 4 days ago

A stunning collection of books, and very well organized. At the entrance you get a map so you can find your way. Only regret: too little time

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been to Powells many times over the past 40 years, it is still huge, with an incredible selection of new and used books. I have pretty much cured my bibliomania, but decided to stop in and browse anyway. Even though I am not...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank daanddo
Reviewed 6 days ago

They have multiple floors of books & other little gifts, etc. They also have restrooms & a coffee bar. Definitely stop if you love to read. Both new & used books. A very interesting & unique stop.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Lauren O | Reviewed this property |
They have a parking lot! I also usually find parking on the street a couple blocks to the west. And, I often combine Powell's with a stop at Whole Foods, so I park at Whole Foods, go to Powell's, come back to WF and buy what... More