Since it opened its first store in 1971, Powell's Books has become one of the symbols of Portland. There are now six Powell's stores throughout the Portland Metro area – including three at the Portland Airport – but true librophiles won't want to miss a chance to see the flagship store downtown.
Powell's City of Books is both company headquarters and the main store. It covers an entire city block, and inside you'll find more than 1,000,000 books (and goodies for book lovers) spread over three color-coded floors and 68,000 square feet – it's big enough that you'll want to pick up the handy store map when you walk in.
One of the notable differences between Powell's Books and most other bookstores is that used and new books are shelved right next to each other. Powell's buys roughly 3,000 used books every day, so the collection is constantly changing and always interesting. Don't miss a visit to the Rare Book Room on the top floor, with autographed first editions and other collectibles.
The flagship store, Powell's City of Books, is located on between W Burnside and NW Couch Streets, and between NW 10th and 11th Avenues. There are multiple entrances, though the main entry is at the corner of Burnside and 10th. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day (the Rare Book Room is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). If browsing all those books makes you peckish before you want to leave, stop at the World Cup Coffee and Tea cafe behind the Yellow Room.