What makes Powell's City of Books in Portland such a unique travel destination?
I've touched on my love for independent bookstores before (and others have joined in, making it a wonderful conversation)!
As per Wikipedia, "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. CNN rates it one of the "coolest" bookstores in the world."
You're supposed to use a map to explore its various color-coded rooms! Here's the sample map below.
You start off entering most likely through the Green Room entrance.
This room is new arrivals and staff recommendations along with cool curated local souvenirs, food finds, and cards.
Advancing through Green you get to the Blue Room, which is general Literature across genres. You then go up the stairs to the Gold Section (which contains Science Fiction, Horror, Games, Graphic Novels / Comics / Anime, and more)!
Behind the Gold Room is the World Cup Coffee & Tea cafe, as well as Mysteries, Thrillers and Romance.
Looking for regional recommendations? Powell's has that covered.
So many good books heading to the screen!
Head up the stairs to see the Magazines section!
You're then on the next level, which has the Orange section (Music, TV / Film, Humor, Cooking, New arrivals)...
(*you have to love any bookstore that has sections specifically highlighting fun topics, here's one example)
Heading through Orange, you then get to the Rose room, which includes Young Adult fiction, various boardgames, Picture Books, and Educational reading!
It's great to see parents, children and families discovering new titles together.
Another fun highlight of the Rose room: the Pets section. SO many cute books about animals!
Head upstairs yet again, and you get to the second floor which has the Purple section (Sports, Health, Self-Improvement, Business, Mythology - an eclectic assortment of topics)...
Pass by these various tempting sections to get to the Red Room.
The Red Room features some Cake.co hit topics like Photography, Automotive and Nature!
Has anyone read SOUL RIDER by Carolyn Fox? Looks interesting!
Last but not least - go up the stairs yet AGAIN and you arrive at the Pearl Room! This includes the legendary Rare Book Room.
As well as other really cool books on Science, Technology, Math, Architecture and more. Recognize any titles below?
(hint: it's SOONISh by Zach Weinersmith, whose Cake panel can be found here)!
Need some more far-out titles? Powell's has you covered.
There's even a gallery and events space.
So that's the Powell's City of Books grand tour! I highly recommend you go to Portland to experience it for yourself. I considered myself highly self-controlled only walking out of there with a handful of books. Between the stellar staff recommendations and inspired browsing, you'll find there's so much to discover!