What are the best bookstores in Portland?

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Melissa Wilmot

Portland, Oregon is truly a literary city. Break away from your Kindle for a little while to experience the many terrific independent bookstores Portland has to offer. And, start with these three:

Hands-down one of the best bookstores in Portland, and indeed the northwest, is Powell's Books. Opened in Portland in the early 1970s, the store now has four full-service locations, including the flagship store bordering Portland's Pearl District. What sets Powell's apart is the combination of old and new books, paperbacks and hardcovers, all on the same shelves. When you visit, ensure you have allotted yourself enough time to browse... you'll want it.

Another fantastic independent bookstore that Portland can boast about is Annie Bloom's Books. Located in the charming neighborhood of Multnomah Village in Southwest Portland, this bookstore has a wonderful selection of travel, fiction, current events and cooking literature. Their staff is some of the friendliest and most helpful around.

The often over-looked Hawthorne Boulevard Books may be nondescript from the outside, but step inside and you'll be in book lover's heaven! Gorgeous hardcovers fill the bookshelves and the smell of the rare and unique books they carry is enough to make you want to spend all afternoon browsing the titles.

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