Powell’s City of Books, Portland, Oregon

1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97209

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Book enthusiasts will love this well-known independent book store. Don’t miss the large children’s section.


Address: 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97209

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Phone: 800-291-9676
URL: http://www.powells.com/locations/powells-city-of-books/
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am - 11 pm
Price: Free

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City of books is the name for ,this place

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There is a nice coffee shop, as part of the store. We had coffee and the kids were happy to get their snacks there.

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Submitted by: Tres B.

Okay, so I've been here a 1000 times and  Powell's has been reviewed over a 1000 times. So why add to the scrum? Because this is the touchstone destination to my favorite city Portland, as is the stone to Blarney. Perhaps when I lived in Portland, I took this place a bit for granted. But Borders has failed, Half Price Books is on the ropes and Barnes and Nobles is passe'. So today, Powell's is almost as much museum as bookstore. Stacked and packed with tangible ready material..yes kids you can get a lovely paper cut from these things.. there was time even in my recollection that most big cities had giant bookstores akin to Powells. But in this city of rain and fireplaces and Craftsmen homes, books - real boo...

Submitted by: Stacy J.

Powell's City of Books is absolutely amazing! Anybody could find a book to interest them here. It has literally every category and interest group possible. It has the most expansive book selections I have ever seen, from kids books, to teen novels, everything else. It has it all. Even the "weird" stuff that people are like "What they really make books about that?!". Not only do they have every book imaginable (including text books), they also have other cool things to buy such as journals, to do lists, photo albums, games, pens, bookmarks, funny toys, magnets, etc. Everything there is priced great too. My favorite feature of Powell's is that they have new AND used books. So you can get a brand new book or pa...

Submitted by: Tiffany B.

What a better place to hang out on a Pacific NW rainy afternoon?   Powell's has so much to choose from, one could easily go broke in one day! I like the bargain books myself, I always find a book or two every time. The people are also fun t...

Submitted by: B W.

Can't deny the selection (although the one travel writing book I was looking for they didn't have go figure ). My son loved the sci fi, war hammer, steampunk, graphic n...

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