Powell’s City of Books in Northwest Portland the largest used and new bookstore in the world. It stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.
Powell’s also regularly features events with acclaimed authors, and the Rare Book Room gathers autographed first editions and other collectible volumes. It also buys used books from the public.
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne is smaller, but still big enough to lose yourself in fine literature, riveting biographies and tawdry novels. It hosts author readings and has a kid room, ideal for rainy days and visitors from out of town. Location: 3723 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97214 (map/directions) 800-878-7323.