5. The Book Bin
Location: Corvallis, OR.
The Book Bin is the closest large bookstore to my area, and I worked there for nearly three years. It has a huge selection of new and used books and until recently had the coolest bookstore cat named Tess (retired). I love this store because I met some of the best coworkers I’ve ever had here and if you go here, there are still pieces of me around the store. Little signs and labels, sections I organized, it just gives me a nice feeling of familiarity.
4. Browser’s Bookstore
Location: Corvallis, OR.
Broswer’s is the competing bookstore to The Book Bin, so I feel a little like a traitor mentioning them, but I’m going to talk about why I loved it prior to my time at The Book Bin.
Browser’s is books head to toe, books on the floor, stacked in corners, and balanced on tables. I always found hidden gems in this place, and their sci-fi section is awesome. The best part? It’s cheap! I could get way more books here than The Book Bin, but the catch is that the owner at Browser’s is not at all friendly. So if you can handle a grump, you’d probably love Broswer’s.
3. Bob’s Beach Books
Location: Lincoln City, OR.
Bob’s Beach Books is a comfy little bookstore with all of the basics, plus a ton of knick knacks. Their prices are decent and they sell new and used books, so you’re bound to get a good deal. It sits right on a nice busy tourist area of the town and it’s not far from the beach. It’s a good place to go on a fun weekend adventure.
2. Canyon Way Bookstore
Location: Newport, OR.
Canyon Way is not only a bookstore but a restaurant. The books are a little pricier but the whole experience is awesome. You can make a reservation show up early and browse for books, or go on a nice romantic dinner date and pick out books for each other after. This store is dog friendly and right off of Newport’s historical bay front, which has candy stores, gift shops, and a newly renovated Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (which I used to work at years ago, before the renovation).
1. Powell’s City of Books
Location: Portland, OR.
The holy grail of Oregon bookstores, Powell’s is an absolute must visit for any book lover. This store have been here since 1971, it sells new and used books, it’s massive, and every Oregonian knows about it. Powell’s City of Books has a color coded organizational system and a team of staff members that will go above and beyond to help you. I love this place and there is definitely a reason it’s been around so long. It has become an Oregon landmark and a standard set for all bookstores. If you come over to the Pacific Northwest, you must visit Powell’s.
Thank you for reading! What is your favorite bookstore? Do you have a favorite independent bookstore, strictly an Amazon shopper, or are you in love with Barnes & Noble? Let me know in the comments.