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Best things to do in Portland

Bookstore
“The world's largest book store is as amazing as you might expect. Make sure you check out the revolving art gallery on the top flour. My favorite aisles of this monster store are food, travel, and art.”
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Bookstore
“Smaller outpost of the famous Powells -full of incredible books and close by, Hawthorn street has tons of great shops + food. ”
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Bookstore
“Bookstores are a dying breed, but there's a good reason Annie Bloom's is still in business. Check it out to see why.”
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History Museum
“Vital to every historic place like Portland, local historical museums are an underrated source of knowledge and fascinating enjoyment. OHSM is an example of how to put together a museum that not only teaches, but entertains.”
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Café
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“Their coffees are good, but they also sell great special lunch items like soups and sandwiches that are light and hearty at the same time. Pro-tip: If you need a quiet place to work, this is your spot!”
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Art Gallery
“This is an incredibly quirky fusion of art gallery, fascinating fine books, & interesting gifts. If you're looking for unusual things of beauty and are ready to be surprised, go. 7 blocks away. ”
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Bookstore
“Bright shop featuring children's books & educational toys, plus events & story hours.”
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Bookstore
“This is the local arm of Powell's books in Beaverton. The downtown location is a must see. However, it's really busy down there these days, because it's a must see. The Beaverton Powell's is still a really nice, big bookstore. You can buy new and used books here. There's a great area to take books are read for a bit before buying as well. ”
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Bookstore
“ An art, ephemera and object bookstore featuring a curated selection of books on modern and contemporary art and artists, architecture, graphic design, fashion, photography, artist biographies, countercultures, theory and art criticism.”
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Bookstore
“Wonderful owners- a curated selection of great books and they always give the best recommendations!- if Powell's overwhelms, Broadway soothes and comforts.”
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Bookstore
“My favorite bookstore / gift shop in Portland. This New Age Bookstore is as funky as it is lovely. Enjoy the walk on 23rd. ”
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Toy / Game Store
“Children's clothing, toys, etc. Local designer Kara Larson of Kara-Line designs wonderful children's clothing! Great store for unique children's gifts.”
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Library
“Visit the gallery on the 3rd floor, walk the stairs and check out the tree in the children's section.”
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Art Gallery
“A petit art gallery featuring a rotation of local artists with a small but well curated selection of books and gifts including some by local makers.”
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