5 neighborhood bookstores you can visit to keep the pages turning
Page junkies know the thrill of exploring a new place to shop for books. New or used, a bookstore is a place that entices all the senses. Seattle may be known for its fresh seafood and its delicious coffee, but those in the know realize the significance of a good bookstore. While you’re on vacation, check out one or all of the following bookstores for a perfect way to start your adventure.
The Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave.
Known to be spacious yet intimate, Elliot Bay offers a décor of exposed wood beams, wood flooring, and a rustic industrial vibe that makes it fun to find your ideal read. Local art adorns the walls and the café provides java and baked goods. Comfy chairs and tables beckon you to sit and explore the pages as your coffee cools.
Queen Anne Book Company
1811 Queen Anne Ave N
Quaint and comfortable, the Queen Anne Book Company offers locals and visitors a place to relax and enjoy the pure joy of exploring the shelves for a new favorite. With a knowledgeable staff and plenty of recommendations, it’s hard not to find what you’re looking for, even if you didn’t know you were looking for it! It’s connected to El Diablo Coffee, so you can get java with your new favorite read.
Left Bank Books Collective
92 Pike Street
Looking for something left of the dial? Check out this small shop that boasts a collection including anti-authoritarian, anarchist, independent, radical, and small-press titles. New and used, this place offers a wide variety of books, magazines, graphic novels, and more. Not your typical page-turner, it’s a respite for poets, thinkers, and the curious.
2414 N 45th Street
The front of this bookstore makes you want to stop where you’re going and just step in. Narrow and cozy, it welcomes you with shelves of new and used titles. There’s even a selection of chapbooks for the poet in you. A knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you to new prospects if you are uncertain as to what you’re looking for. To stay or not to stay? That will be your question.
The Book Larder
4252 Fremont Ave N
Foodies, we have found your Nirvana. From the outside, the Book Larder might look like any other little bookstore, but crack open the doors and you will soon realize you are surrounded by tomes dedicated to the tasteful art of cooking. That’s right, it’s a cookbook store! They have a wide selection of new, vintage, and imported cookbooks. They also have food demos, cooking classes, guest chefs, and tastings. When it comes to Seattle bookstores, this one takes the cake.