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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Gonzales

Powell's City of Books

Are you a bookstore lover? Then you're going to love this post! Let me introduce you to one of the greatest bookstores I have been to . . . as of today . . . Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.

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Yes! The bookstore is this whole building, with three floors of books! Everything from new, used, and even a rare book room that is open on select days. Be prepared to spend at least half a day here, if not a whole day, and probably spending a lot of money on books . . . I know I did!

Powell's is located in downtown Portland, Oregon within the Pearl District occupying an entire city block. There are ten rooms of books, all color-coded, spread out over 3,500 different sections housing approximately one million books making Powell's the largest used and new bookstore in the world! Can you say IMPRESSIVE!

For myself, this was a place of amazement, wonder, and serenity. I spent half a day here (didn't really understand when planning the trip the massiveness of the bookstore) but really needed a whole day to just browse all the different sections and enjoy the Guilder Cafe. It is truly an amazing place.

Now let's talk about planning your trip . . . some things you will need to know.


Street Parking


Monday - Saturday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

*Free other times.

Brewery Blocks Parking

Entrances are located on NW 13th Avenue and NW 12th Avenue, between NW Couch and Davis.

Monday - Wednesday: $4/hour (all hours of the day) with $18 max

Thursday - Friday: $8/hour (all hours of the day) with $18 max

Weekends: $8 per day

SmartPark Garage

Located at SW 10th Avenue and Yamhill.

Hourly: $1.80/hour up to 4 hours

Daily: $14 max

Weekends: $5 max

The Store

Powell's City of Books

Location: 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland OR 97209

Hours of Operation: Daily: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Rare Book Room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Phone #: (800) 878-7323

Guilder Cafe: Open daily from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Powell's Social Media Platforms: @powellsbooks

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