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Powell's City of Books

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Neighbourhood: Pearl
As featured in 3 Days in Portland and 2 other guides
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Address: 1005 W Burnside, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR
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The world's largest book store.

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Must-visit bookstore for every book lover

The world's largest used and new bookstore, Powell's City of Books is an absolute must-visit for any book lover. Give yourself plenty of time--and even then, you'll probably want... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The world's largest used and new bookstore, Powell's City of Books is an absolute must-visit for any book lover. Give yourself plenty of time--and even then, you'll probably want to keep on exploring. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, which is pretty helpful as you navigate this labyrinthine store. Good thing book lovers enjoy getting lost in bookstores! New and used... More 

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Portland, OR
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Powell's is a one-of-a-kind book store; a Portland gem for decades. . Many hidden treasures and you c an get just about anything that has been published. You can get all the help you need finding a book.

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Sweet Home, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When in Portland Powell's is a must see and browse. No matter what your interests are there is a book to be found which addresses your needs. Powell's café' is also a fun place to visit as conversations spring up amongst former strangers and local personalities may also be present i.e. Harold Drake World, the author of a book on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A book lovers dream come true... If you love the old skool medium go to Powell's!! You can get lost in all the different floors and the staff are very helpful. There's a cafe there too to restore your energy after walking around.

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I went there twice--the first was a short visit but I made a list & went back 2 days later when I had more time. Learned the hard way--if you find a used book you want, get it! Great used books and new additions as well as fun games. Allow enough time if you like bookstores!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Though I now live in Atlanta, it is one of the first places I must go when I return home to visit Portland. My grandmother took me there the first month it opened in 1971 and it is better than ever! I can spend hours lingering in the aisles and looking at books on subjects I never imagined existed. Extremely... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is amazing! You WILL get lost. I dare you to walk around all the floors, in all the rooms in one visit. Even better - both new and used books shelved together so you can price and choose easily and quickly!!!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice to see a big independent book store alive and seemingly thriving in a big city. Unique for this reason, but still just a big book store to me.

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Thank Scott S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are any sort of bookworm this is the king of bookstores. So large that it requires a map to navigate. Has a nice little coffee shop in the store and reading before buying seems to be encouraged. They have books on all topics and the layout is tight enough to get the bookstore vibe but not at all... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love to read, visit this bookstore!! When I lived in Portland, I would spend an hour here almost every Saturday because there was so many interesting books! I went back years later and it hasnt really changed.

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