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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%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 23:00
1005 W Burnside St, 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon, Portland, OR
+1 503-228-4651
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Very popular spot but not as much as it used to be with online and ebook options now. There before Borders and other big box book stores. Worth seeing, can't get over how big it is.

Thank KCnKC
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I got lost in the cooking section and ended up with a few. What an amazing selection. You could get caught in there all day!

Thank grininnow
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Where do you start? A three story building over an entire city block with, any one's guess as to the number of books, literally hundreds of customers. Well set out; sort of makes it easier to find what you are looking for, but browsing is...More

Thank Ian H
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

The most extraordinary books to ever!!!! Rooms after rooms, floors after floors, great staff! Treat yourself to a visit and browse.

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

It doesn't matter what you're looking for, they're going to have it. Their selection is unparalleled. Even rare books and reference materials. If you are looking for a perfect gift, it's hard to beat a GC from Powell's. You could spend hours and hours every...More

Thank chupchake
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Powell's is the best bookstore ever! Employees are knowledgeable and helpful. Prices are reasonable and the selection is vast. It is a great place to spend a few hours or an entire day.

Thank Jill G
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Looking for a specific title, this is the absolute best place to find a book. It can be overwhelming since it is pretty big but you'll be delighted with all the choice around you. There's always staff there to help you! Big reader person, this...More

Thank Julia O
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Powell's is ok. It certainly represents Portland as Portlandia would have it. It can be eclectic and whimsical and has interesting gift items. The book selection is adequate, but not nearly as comprehensive as hype would suggest. The employees range from very nice and extremely...More

Thank Webdeb
Reviewed 2 May 2017

When in downtown Portland you should visit Powell Books. It has many floors of books and they are well categorized. What I noticed was there were lots of people browsing but not many buyers. Used books were a bit overpriced. With lots of rainy days...More

Thank James K
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

A very big and cool library. You find so many books it's crazy. Must see! The children's section is awesome. You can find any book you are looking for, and the employees are very helpful.

Thank Ana Z
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