While many people shop for books online these days, you can’t beat a good old book store. Luckily for Seattleites, our city has a whole host of amazing independent bookstores. Whether you want fiction, sci-fi, self-help books, or really any other genre, these stores have you covered.

Here are 10 of the best bookstores in Seattle for finding your perfect read.

Elliott Bay Bookstore

Elliott Bay Books has it all, the store is huge with a prime location right in the middle of Capitol Hill. You can shop from books of all genres, pick up magazines, stationery, and more. The store also has some great spots to flip through books if you need more time to decide on your final picks.

Where: 1521 10th Ave

Drink Books

 

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Books and wine, does it get much better? Drink Books is one of Seattle’s newest bookstores. What makes them unique is that they pair engaging reads with a perfectly suited bottle of natural wine. So grab a book, pop your cork sit back, and enjoy.

Where: 5817 Phinney Ave N

Open Books: A Poem Emporium

Open Books has more than 10,000 new, used, and out-of-print poetry books. They’re currently in the process of navigating a move so you can shop at the soon-to-be old store or online. If you’re a fan of poetry, this should be your first stop as it’s too unique and special to pass up!

Where: 2414 North 45th Street/Online

Estelita’s Library

 

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Estelita’s is a Black/Brown owned bookstore with a focus on social justice. They’re both a library and bookstore but for the time being, all shopping is online. The store is closed due to COVID but you can still find a wide selection to shop from online until the physical space reopens.

Where: 2533 16th Ave S

Oh Hello Again

 

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This relatively new book shop uses bibliotherapy to help visitors pick the perfect book. You’ll find a selection of books to help with your problems. You’ll also find a few kid’s books, planners, and home goods sprinkled in the mix as well.

Where: 324 15th Ave E. #101

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Left Bank Books

Left Bank is an oldie but a goodie, situated right at the mouth of Pike Place Market. Their collection is what we could call zany- lots of radical stuff. Along with that, they have near 70 sections that span the literary & scholarly spectrum. It’s the perfect bookstore to find unique titles on engaging and relevant topics.

Where: 92 Pike St # B

Third Place Books

 

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Third Place is another general interest bookstore with hundreds of thousands of new and used books between their three stores. It’s a great place to sell your read favorites, hang out, or grab a bite to eat at their cafe. What makes this bookstore even better is that they are truly about the community and host a ton of literary events! It’s locally loved and considered one of the best bookstores in Seattle, especially for those of you living to the north and east.

Where: Multiple locations

Arundel Books

 

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This bookstore is a hidden gem, let us tell ya. They’re located in Pioneer Square and stock books for both casual readers and devoted collectors. You can expect books ranging from $4 paperbacks to leather bindings and rare first editions!

Where: 322 1st Avenue S

Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe

Ada’s is located smack dab in the heart of Capitol Hill, it’s a coffee shop meets cafe. What makes Ada’s unique is that they believe in never-ending learning, evolving, and collaboration. AKA, you’re going to learn something new here! Go ahead, get your gears turning and feed that curiosity.

Where: 425 15th Avenue East

Twice Sold Tale’s

 

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If you’re looking for used books, Twice Sold Tales is a great choice. They have a sprawling selection of books with nearly every general interest represented. Plus they have some very sweet in-store cats that you can visit with while you shop and read.

Where: 1833 Harvard Ave

Before you hop on Amazon, check out one of these bookstores in Seattle, they really are the best and they need your business.