Bookshop road trip, anyone?
It’s no secret that walking into a bookstore can be a magical and delightful experience.
The real question is: Can you ever have too many beautiful bookstores in your life? Yelp identified the best bookstores in the country by looking at both the number of reviews and the star-rating, then hand-selected the most dazzling stores from that list.
So here are 19 incredible bookstores you need to see for yourself, as told by the Yelp users who love books and ambiance just as much as the rest of us.
1. Bart’s Books, Ojai, California
“This is an open-air bookstore open until sunset every day that provides hours of entertainment (if you’re a bookworm like me). There is a great mix of new and used books here and the selection is impressive.” —Yelper Kat F.
“Do not miss the cookbooks located in what was once the kitchen of the old house. Through the kitchen lies the special edition, higher priced books.” —Yelper Debra R
2. Faulkner House Books, New Orleans
“The bookshelves are beautifully designed and use the small space very efficiently. They seem to focus on literary authors and have a good bit of poetry but also carry some ‘local interest’ too.” — Yelper Jen B
“The most adorable bookstore that used to be Faulkner’s home. How awesome is that?! It isn’t a huge store but what it lacks in size it makes up totally in charm.” —Yelper Sana J.
3. The Writer’s Block, Las Vegas
“You know when you walk into a place and there’s an immediate, visceral reaction that would make you do nearly anything to have that place exist forever and ever? The Writer’s Block is such a place and despite not planning on buying a book I bought one anyway as a sort of pledge to to the continued existence of this place — I hope to all that is good and decent in this world — forever and ever and ever. ” —Yelper Jon-Paul B.
“It’s small, but crammed full of new and interesting books. I caught eye of many of the latest in literary fiction, cool art books, and just all sorts of excellent selections. For the nerds out there, they even had a copy of Hyrule Historia for sale!” —Yelper Shay B.
4. Idlewild Books, New York City
“Idlewild is more than just travel guides. Amongst the Lonely Planets, there are novels and collections of travel writing, all arranged by country. If you’re planning a big international trip, this store is a must.” —Yelper Jennifer H.
“This world needs more specialty independent bookstores. Idlewild specializes in ‘travel books,’ in the most all-encompassing sense: they do an excellent job of curating both the essential tour guides and other types of literature (fiction, essays, history) about the country you’re (dreaming about) visiting.” —Yelper Elaine W.
5. The Montague Book Mill, Montague, Massachusetts
“Situated in an old New England mill overlooking a rushing river cascading over falls and rocks, a giant compound which basically consists of a bookshop with an AMAZING selection of second-hand books, a cafe, a restaurant, a music and film shop AND a local artist’s co-op and gallery, I could easily spend an entire day here and lose all track of time and space.” —Yelper Bobby A.
“This place is a hidden gem! An incredible location, just the perfect place to linger and browse the stacks and stacks of books on nearly every subject! There are plenty of comfy chairs situated near windows that overlook a river flowing below.” —Yelper Mj W
6. Baldwin Book Barn, West Chester, Pennsylvania
“An amazing collection of both vintage and older used books fill multiple floors of this amazing barn. There is a big collection of military and political books as well as the usual fiction, art, photography, medical, travel, local interest, and cookbooks among the shelves.” —Yelper L N.
“Cats. We found at least two well-fed cats wandering the property… Well, one wandering, and the other sleeping inside. The wandering one greeted everybody that got out a car or walked in from the road. Very friendly!” —Yelper Jude T.
7. Brattle Book Shop, Boston
“Too freakin cute. An open air bookstore wedged between brick buildings in downtown Boston. You’ll find everything from used gardening books to classics and everywhere in between. There’s also a small indoor section but the books under the sun steal the show.” —Yelper Brittany S.
“They have a large number of books from $1 to $5, including entire book sets. These are ‘bargain’ books displayed in a small lot adjacent to the actual book shop.” —Yelper Dee L.
8. City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
“Ahhhh, City Lights! Classic indie bookstore and San Francisco gem. Tucked away in Chinatown amidst a spectacle of neighboring night clubs, bars, trendy coffee shops and eats. It’s perfectly grungy yet hip enough to satisfy any book lover’s dream.” —Yelper Rachel Ann C.
“This is a quite large, three-story bookshop that you can really get lost in. I love that it has plenty of rooms with natural light (a rarity in most bookshops). Sitting in the rocking chair in the poetry room, I wanted to spend all day there reading.” —Yelper Jordan T.
9. BookBar, Denver
“Holy mother of guacamole, I love this place. I am a longstanding sucker for any place that sells books/coffee/book-related novelty and BookBar brings all this together into a wonderful smoothie of delightfulness.” —Yelper Xan P.
“BookBar quickly became one of my favorite spots in Denver. Offering up fantastic reads, gifts, and trinkets, BookBar is a perfect getaway for those looking to wrap up that last-minute project while sipping on local flavors.” — Yelper Anthony S
10. Dickson Street Bookshop, Fayetteville, Arkansas
“Wonderful bookstore! It reminded me of Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Floor-to-ceiling books, rows upon rows. And very well organized.” —Yelper Amanda H.
“Walking through the doors transports you to another land. A land filled with BOOKS. And I’m talking about every kind of book you could possibly think of and/or desire.” —Yelper Daisy D.