The Portland Streetcar in front of Powell's Books.

Portland Streetcar in front of Powell’s Books. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We loved Portland, Oregon – I walked for four hours every day and crawled yarn stores, fabric stores and of course, Powell’s books. Oh my goodness. The first day I stepped inside, I could only stay so long. I experienced total sensory overload. The next day, I was prepared, and had mapped out my tour.

Powells City of Books is the largest independent book store in the world. No joke. When you walk in the front doors, you will be amazed. 4 floors (68,000 square feet!) and one full block of every imaginable book, in and out of publication.

Check out these amazing stats: Powells City of Books has 9 color-coded sections throughout the various floors that house over 3,500 different sections and over 1,000,000 books. 80,000 Powells Books lovers visit and shop there every single day. Pretty darned mind-blowing, huh?

If you’ve been searching for hard-to-find and out-of-print stuff, Powells is your hook up! They have a Rare Book Room to accommodate you 😉

Even though there are actually 7 locations in the Portland area, the most famous and talked out is the huge one located at 1005 W Burnside.

Not only can you buy and sell new and used books there, but you can cozy up with a cup of coffee in their own World Cup Coffee & Tea coffee shop and relax or catch a special author event The city of Portland is full of artists and they make Powells Book Store in Portland OR a regular haunt.

They stock a large selection of magazines that wrap half-way around the main floor of the store and also have a shelf of local e-zines from local artists and authors. Some of those are pretty strange, but all are interesting in their own respect.

If you’re a collector of action figures, the ones stocked by Powells will flip you out! They have Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Jesus, a nasty librarian, a nutty, old lady who loves cats and many more. Pretty funny stuff.

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