Powell's City of Books

#5 in Best Things To Do in Portland, OR
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Key Info

1005 W Burnside St.

Price & Hours

Free
9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

Details

Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Whether or not you're an avid reader, Powell's City of Books is worth checking out. 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. You might also schedule your visit to coincide with a reading, as the book shop hosts events nearly every day totaling more than 500 author visits a year.

Book lovers who visit Portland say the unique store is part of what makes the city so special. And they say the knowledgeable and polite staff is the icing on the cake of this great book 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. If you're interested in taking a tour of the hallowed bookshop, visit on a summer weekday and schedule a tour in advance by emailing the store. For more information about the store and the books housed there, check out Powell's City of Books' website.

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