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Powell's City of Books free

1005 W Burnside | Portland, OR | Official website
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  • Type: Shopping
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Whether or not you're an avid reader, Powell's City of Books is worth checking out. With over a million new and used books in stock, Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the world. It occupies a square city block and rises three stories high; in fact, this bookstore is so large that exploring it actually requires a map. While you wander through the stacks, keep in mind that you are tracing the footsteps of great writers, many of which have scrawled their signatures on one of the building's pillars. When you tire of the literati, relax with a cup of coffee at the World Cup Coffee shop.

Although there are several locations, the main Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on West Burnside Street and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information about the store and the books housed there, check out Powell's City of Books' website.

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