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.
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.
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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.
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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 – from global politics to sci-fi it’s all there. The creaky wooden floors and twinkling fairy lights add to the cosiness, making it a home from home.
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4. Grolier Poetry Shop – Cambridge
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.
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5. Trident Booksellers and Cafe
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 ‘third space’ – not your home or your workplace, but a welcoming space to gather with like-minded book lovers.
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