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Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR
+1 503-228-4651
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The world's largest book store.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR
+1 503-228-4651
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

This place is loaded with old and new books. Icon of Portland. Great gifts as well. Near attractive shopping area and restaurants within walking. Just love this place and we go all the time.

Thank TracieB5
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

The experience at Powell's is other wordly, so here are some earthly basics for your upcoming trip. 1 entire city block, 4 stories high of books and PDX ephemera. New and used. Technical books are in another building across the street. You'll need a map...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Powell's must be one of the greatest bookstores in the world. A mix of new and used tomes, it is a rabbit warren of literary adventure. The shop covers several floors and is well organised by genre and interest. There is a fine selection of...More

Thank aprilinsydney
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Or at least get locked in overnight for the next thirty years?! Amazing new and used book selection! There is NOTHING bad about this place! Kids section is so fun!!!

Thank Amy B
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I am a big book worm so this place was like heaven. It's huge so don't worry about being unable to find anything interesting. They also had some really cute souvenirs. Over the intercom I heard staff saying that they had found books for customers,...More

Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed August 9, 2017

I can't go into Powell's without spending $200. Its the best bookstore in the world, and I have looked for better. they have books you never even thought of, but don't worry they always get more . If it wasn't so wonderful it'd be maddening....More

Thank hksingh1
Reviewed August 9, 2017

This is an Ah-mazing trove of literature. In addition to books there are novelty items like games, calendars, albums, all sorts of little things you didn't know that you couldn't live without. Definitely one stop shopping for something to thumb through but like the title...More

Thank ebonyhoward
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

This is the largest, most complete, well laid out book store I have ever visited - across the US and world. Encompassing several floors in several buildings, the store is logically laid out in colors and categories. The staff is incredibly helpful, knowledgable, and abundant....More

Thank Tom D
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing. I spent hours wandering around all the rooms. They have almost every kind of book you can imagine. The place is huge and I did get turned around a few times. This is a MUST DOwhen in Portland.

Thank Tcard2013
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

Powell's is a great independent bookstore. Located in a trendy part of town, Powell's offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for kids books or something serious, they will most likely have what you need. The prices are great and the staff seem nice....More

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Pamelia S
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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