Pick Up Some Rainy Day Reading at These Local Book Stores

There is no better way to pass a rainy day than curling up with a good book. Bookstores hold a special place in the hearts of Portlanders. They serve as important community hubs, fuel our passion for independent thought, and have put Portland on the map as a literary destination. While Powell’s Books has risen to national prominence, we have a lot of other great independent bookstores around town. Here are some of our favorites.

  • AlbertaGreen Bean Books is a wild and whimsical community-based, independent children’s bookstore. They have an ever-growing selection of board books, picture books, beginning readers, beginning chapter books, middle-readers (tween books), young adult, and even titles for adults. Art lovers rejoice at Monograph Bookwerks, which features a curated selection of books on modern and contemporary art and artists, architecture, graphic design, fashion, photography, artist biographies, countercultures, theory, and art criticism.
  • Beaumont: The Arrangement has been delighting customers for 40 years and is a great place to shop for beautiful gifts, home decor, clothing, jewelry, and children’s books.
  • Belmont Area: Belmont Books has a small but curated selection of books that always aims to surprise and delight customers.   
  • Central Eastside: If you are looking for something from another era, Mother Foucault’s specializes in used, rare, and vintage books and spoken-word vinyl.  
  • Division/Clinton: Third Eye Books Accessories and Gifts strives to be the number one supplier of African Centered books, accessories and gifts in the Portland Metro Area.
  • Foster Area: Got a little one in your life that likes to snuggle up and read on a rainy day? Hammer and Jacks toy store has a curated book section that runs the gamut from learning the ‘ABCs’ to inspiring the junior activist. 
  • Lloyd: A Lloyd district destination since 1992, Broadway Books is a women-owned bookstore that takes great pride in helping customers find wonderful reads, bringing together authors and readers and supporting local authors. 
  • Multnomah Village: If you live in Southwest Portland, Annie Bloom’s Books is your go-to spot for a large range of books across many genres, plus magazines, CDs, and cards.
  • Northwest District: Your passion for books is well matched at Daedalus Books. The new and used bookstore has a strong concentration of art, philosophy, music, and literature, along with all of your favorites.
  • Soul District: For a great selection of BIPOC authors, visit Black Hat Books. It is home to unique collections of Latinx and Native American literature and history, as well as one of the largest collections of African American literature, history, and poetry in the Pacific Northwest.
  • St. Johns: Revolutions Bookshop is a small, independent bookstore specializing in a curated selection of mostly used books, some new books, vinyl, and collectibles. Their academic and punk roots make for a bold selection in all genres, especially everything weird and wonderful. You’ll find yarn and books together at last at Two Rivers Books & Weird Sisters Yarn, a community-minded, general interest, new titles bookstore and yarn shop.
  • Williams District: Modern Macrame has all the supplies needed for both beginners and pros, plus online tutorials. They also have a wide selection of books to help you find a new knot! 

This list is non-exhaustive. If you have another favorite independent bookshop, be sure to support them. What are you currently reading? Show us on Instagram and Facebook.