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Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR 97209-3114
+1 503-228-4651
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The world's largest book store.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“book store” (562 reviews)
“book lovers” (336 reviews)
“coffee shop” (302 reviews)
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1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR 97209-3114
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"book store"
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"book lovers"
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"coffee shop"
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"rare book room"
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"color coded"
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"city block"
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"multiple floors"
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"children's section"
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"lover's paradise"
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"gift items"
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"could spend hours"
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"huge selection"
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"visiting portland"
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

You can spend a day prowling the aisles of this square-block-large indie book store. Don't want to pay for a new hardback? Look behind it and you'll find a used copy -- and paperback copies, new and used. Note the line of regulars who sell...More

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

I have never seen such a huge bookstore. Any book worm would love this place. They are divided into sections and is very well organizdd.

Thank rednirvanapearl
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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

If you're a book lover, I would highly recommend visiting this fabulous store. It is enormous, and I could spend hours looking at their very large selection of books. There is truly something for everyone, and they also sell used books which makes it even...More

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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

Powell’s has been a must-go for decades and every time I go it gets better. Sincerely worth the trip!

Thank BuddyDoogie
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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

Unless you are a book worm or searching for a gift, magazine or something from the coffee bar, this is a ‘I can miss this’ place. The bathroom was on the top floor and maintained a long line for both the men and women. They...More

Thank Deborah L
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Reviewed November 2, 2017

Make sure you have enough time to explore this store, it can be overwhelming... so you might want to visit twice. Well organized selections and prices. A definite must see, the only problem I have experienced is parking. The Powells lot is usually full and...More

Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful to browse the old and new areas... walk up the steps and find a treasure trove of new authors, old authors, forgotten and discovered authors... Sip a cup of tea and enjoy a bite to eat amongst wonderful history... The books are organized, easy...More

Thank Judy H
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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

An absolute must on the tourist list! Room after room of books and friendly staff to advise and direct!

Thank Kate J
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

Lots of books and store is just s great place to look at all the books, great selection and books new and used in good shape. Well laid out and employees very helpful.

Thank Aspen86
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

We visited Powell’s twice in a two day trip. I went back to explore the rare book room. Even though it’s huge there are well located staff to help. And it’s color coded and well signed.

Thank bikerPa
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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
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