Boston’s Best Bookstores

With its reputation as an innovation hub and one of the biggest college towns in the city, it is no surprise that Boston is home to many great bookstores.  If you are looking to indulge your inner bookworm and take a break from big names like Barnes & Noble, there are plenty of charming and independently owned shops scattered about the city. Here is a list of some of the best:

Trident Booksellers Cafe

338 Newbury Street

The Trident is the perfect place to browse for books, study for an exam or grab a bite to eat with some friends. This Newbury stop is a favorite with both tourists, locals and college students, providing a cozy and welcoming environment for food and book lovers alike. The store also hosts trivia every Friday, bingo on Tuesdays and several book signings and other events throughout the year. Learn more about this bookstore here.

Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard Street

Opened in 1961 as the Paperback Booksmith, this store was one of the first on the East Coast to recognize the importance of the paperback in making great literature available to the masses, according to its website. Today, Brookline Booksmith is still bringing a diverse range of novels, nonfiction, kids books and more to the Boston area. Browsers can also explore the Used Book Cellar, with an inventory of over 25,000 titles.

Photo courtesy of Brookline Booksmith

Photo courtesy of Brookline Booksmith

Harvard Book Store

1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

This bookstore started as a small family owned business back in 1932 and has kept its mom and pop charm every since. Offering a good balance between new arrivals, classic titles and staff-selected favorites, it is easy to find a good read here, no matter what genre interests you. In 2009, the owners introduced a print-on-demand machine to the store, allowing them to print millions of public domain books right in store, and offers writers an opportunity to self-publish. Read more of this store’s fascinating history here.

Image courtesy of The Crimson

Image courtesy of The Crimson

Papercuts J.P.

5 Green Street

Relatively new to Jamaica Plain, this small little shop is the getaway every bookworm dreams of. Because of its size, you know every book on the shelf must have been carefully selected, giving it a much more intimate vibe than big bookstore chains. This summer, the store also debuted The Papercuts Anthology, Volume 1: What Happened Here, a compilation of new and collected works from authors who have visited the store in the past year.

Papercuts JP

Calamus Bookstore

92 South Street

While Calamus Bookstore sells a range of genres, from science fiction to romance, it is known for its selection of LGBT books. One of the only book stores in the city with a niche in the gay community, Calamus sells a variety of new and vintage books as well as work by many local Boston and New England writers.

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