Sunday, January 16, 2011

Powell's City of Books Portland Oregon

A Most Amazing Book Store

It's funny when a book store is a tourist destination in a city. But that is exactly what Powell's City of Books store has become.

We decided to visit this much talked about tourist attraction in the downtown Pearl district of Portland. We weren't disappointed.

Don't be surprised if you are completely confused with stacks of books everywhere and color coded signs designating where various categories of books are stored.

Best to grab a color coded map of all the floors at the front desk as you enter the store. That will help you alot.

Then you might want to get yourself a cup of coffee, a pastry or a little sandwich to gear up for the adventure that awaits. That's what we did.

You won't be alone that's for sure. Lots of people drinking and eating snacks as they leisurely peruse their reading material. I think some people might live here.

By now you should be able to maneuver through the floors and find what you are looking for. New and used books are shelved in the same area according to topic. I personally headed to the italian language area and kept myself busily entertained for a long while.

Childrens reading area

Powell's is definitely worth a stop if you are in Portland. Have fun!

"Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in the Portland Metropolitan area. Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world . Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown, and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space.
The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used, rare
and out-of-print books . Powell's buys around 3000 used books a day."-Wikipedia

1005 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
Neighborhood: Downtown


nancyhol said...

Wow! It looks huge! I would love to spend some time there.

barb cabot said...

Nancy it is indeed huge. The 2 hrs. or so that we were there flew. I think book lovers could spend alot more hours there. It's a remarkable store.

Kat said...

Wow! My kind of place!


Laurie said...

Oh, I've heard of this store and have always wanted to go there!

Dog Training Portland said...

A real awesome book store that could be easy to find the books you want!

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