Indulge Your Inner Bookworm: 5 Standout Bookshops in Boston

Discover the best bookshops in the city


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Boston is a University city with 152,000 students. It’s not surprising then that there’s a surplus of books flowing into the nooks and crannies of Boston’s many independent bookshops. We found some of the best places to bag yourself a book or two in the city.Β 

1. Brattle Bookstore – Downtown Boston

The store has been open since 1825 and has a collection of 250,000 books, maps and postcards giving it the title of oldest and largest bookstore in the US. Set over three floors, you’ll find all of the usual well-thumbed titles, spanning a range of genres, as well as antique collections on the third floor.Β 

Brattle BookshopΒ 
9, West St, Boston MA 02111
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2. Havard Bookstore – Cambridge

Open since 1932, Harvard Bookstore is a much-loved addition to the Cambridge community. It offers avid book worms a large selection of new and used books, as well as the chance to meet the author in person with a calendar of author events.Β 

Harvard Bookstore
1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
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3. Brookline Booksmith – Brookline

Proudly independent since 1961, this bookstore has been a solid fixture in the local literary scene. Knowledgeable booksellers are on hand to help you sift through the large collection of new and used books –Β  from global politics to sci-fi it’s all there. The creaky wooden floors and twinkling fairy lights add to the cosiness,Β  making it a home from home.Β 

Brookline BooksmithΒ 
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
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4. Grolier Poetry Shop – CambridgeΒ 

Unleash your inner poet with a trip to the Grolier Poetry Bookshop. It was founded in 1927 by Andrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie and has been graced over the years by the literary elite – including Seamus Heaney and Charles Olsen. The store also hosts regular readings which can be joined virtually.Β 

Β Grolier Bookstore
6 Plympton Street Cambridge, MA 02139
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5. Trident Booksellers and CafeΒ 

Standing definitely in the face of rising rents and tough competition, since 1984, this family-owned store provides a refuge from the frantic energy of modern living. Take a seat with your favourite book; order a coffee and drift away. The store also hosts a busy schedule of events and prides itself on being a β€˜third space’ – not your home or your workplace, but a welcoming space to gather with like-minded book lovers.Β 

Trident Booksellers and CafeΒ 
338 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115
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