Home to a treasure trove of poets, writers, and literary greats (dead and alive), Portland, Oregon, still retains its bookish reputation as a city that loves to read. A literary town in every sense of the word, with among the highest literacy rates in the U.S. (along with the greenest!), Portland is a perfect place to think and be creative, so it should come as no surprise that the city is home to many wonderful independent bookshops, large and small. Here’s a list of what not to miss if you happen to love the smell and sight of books.
Tucked away in the Southwest Portland neighborhood of Multnomah, one finds Annie Bloom’s Books, a small bookshop with a lot of charm. Locals love it for its handpicked selection of titles, local author section, customer service, and its great assortment of greeting cards—as well as the resident cat, Mollie Bloom, of course.
Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 246 0053
Known for its unique array of rare and antiquarian volumes, as well as periodicals, posters, maps, and vintage ephemera, Longfellow’s Books & Music on Southeast Division is one of Portland’s more niche literary destinations. With over 7,000 titles in its inventory and limited hours (1–5pm, Monday through Saturday—sometimes), this family-run business is best contacted directly, especially if you’re interested in browsing in person or selling that very special tome.
Longfellow’s Books & Music, 1401 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 239 5222