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17 Bookstores In Boston πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

These are 17 of the best bookstores in Boston. The best bookstore is Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Here is the list of Boston bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

"This cafe & book store had a little something for everyone! My daughter wanted everything she saw…. And so did I. The steps inside are a great opportunity for a fun photo. We decided to dine while there and their hummus was some of the best I’ve had! Sometimes hummus can be grainy but this was so smooth and creamy with a great flavor profile. I got the pita triangles fried which adds a fun, crunchy, yet chewy texture. The muffin grilled was a big hit as well."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 3,445 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115, United States

2. Harvard Book Store

"Quaint bookstore with loads of options. I liked their middle eastern section and it was quite expansive compared to what I find in other book stores and Barnes and noble so that was great! Would love to come back and explore. They also have a large sale table"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 2,283 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States

3. Brattle Book Shop

"Support local bookstores and buy something. This place is fun to see the wide variety of books spread over two floors and an outdoor alley. Outdoor shelves were $5 books. A throwback that I wonder how long will be there. Better to visit soon."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,135 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111, United States

4. Commonwealth Books

"Visiting from Vermont, ended up chatting with the most charming gentleman named Wyatt. It was a lovely memory of Boston, I wish I didn't get shy. After such a nice conversation about Hawaii... I should have given him my card to stay in touch. This book store was beyond magic, the amount of books, ephemera and knowledge. Can't wait to return."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 537 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 9 Spring Ln, Boston, MA 02109, United States

5. Beacon Hill Books & Cafe

"Beacon Hill Books & Cafe is a truly magical place that ignites the joy of reading. The 71 1/2 door on the top floor evokes delightful Harry Potter vibes. The friendly staff creates a heavenly atmosphere, making working here a pleasure. Despite its moderate book selection due to the building's size, the collection is impressively complete and well-organized. And don't miss the little cafe on the bottom floor, perfect for a romantic date or a friendly meal. A charming destination for bookworms and foodies alike!"

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 301 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 71 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, United States

6. Umass Boston Bookstore

"Store for UMass Boston students. Got the necessary kits, UMass souvenirs, some gadgets like headphones or such"

  • ⭐️ 4.3 Rating
  • πŸ“° 299 Reviews
  • πŸ“ William T, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125, United States

7. More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore

"Wonderful bookstore / boutique of second hand clothes. Everything here aims toward a good cause and justice. I love it here. And they do have a lovely reading place. Just bring your coffee and chill there. The staff is kind and helpful too."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 271 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 242 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118, United States

8. Frugal Bookstore

"I stopped by the Frugal bookstore today and found that it had a great selection and friendly staff. I sent with one of their staff picks!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 198 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 57 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119, United States

9. Barnes & Noble At Boston University

"Excellent place to get my Daughter a nice BU hoodie sweatshirt, @ a fairly reasonable price - quality considered. Taking it back to Alabama where my Daughter's a sophomore @ Jacksonville State University. They had an array of items; great selection. A+"

  • ⭐️ 4.2 Rating
  • πŸ“° 177 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 910 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, United States

10. I Am Books

"We recently traveled to Boston and I looked for a bookstore to take my eight year old avid reader to as he loves books. I found this store and it did not disappoint. They have a whole kid section on Boston with copies of Makeway for Ducklings. They also have regular books, grouped by age. My eight year old got a book on History of Boston for Kids and a graphic novel. My four year old got a cute little book of the Three Little Pigs in Italian. On the trip, we did Swan Boats, Tea Party Ships, Children Museum, Science Museum, Boston Public Library, and a kid Freedom Trail walk. You want to know what the highlight was? It was going to I Am Books."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 113 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 124 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113, United States

11. Berklee College Of Music Bookstore

"Berklee College of Music Store offering textbook sales & rentals plus college merchandise, including apparel & gifts. I buy some stuffs as souvenir."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 80 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1090 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215, United States

12. Posman Books

"Such a cute little bookstore right next to a wonderful cafΓ©. It was so nice to be able to browse and they had lots of different varieties of books. They have it all laid out in the front which is so easy to read and look at all the titles. It was almost like looking at title cover art collage. They also had a children’s section with lots of games and little do hickeys and it was all very cute and fun. It was a nice place to look at some trinkets and look at what books to buy next. Lovely place."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 60 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 127 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, United States

13. Lucy Parsons Center

"very relevant bookstore with kind, helpful staff. so many great titles! i wish i could buy every single one. i'd love to go to one of their movie screenings too."

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 60 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 358 Centre St A, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, United States

14. Porter Square Books: Boston Edition

"I love this bookstore! Staff are so friendly, they let you browse for hours and not bother you! Such a huge variety of collection! Staff will order anything you need, always helpful with gift ideas or great recommendations. It's one of my favorite haunts!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 35 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 50 Liberty Drive, Boston, MA 02210, United States

15. Suffolk University Bookstore

"The store itself is very neat and organized despite the chaos of all of the students coming in to pick up textbooks, merch, and devices. All items were in their respective place, nothing was on the floor and staff was very friendly. They have everything you could think of here."

  • ⭐️ 3.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 53 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 120 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108, United States

16. Emerson College Bookstore

"Great store in downtown! They sell a lot of stuff with Emerson logo~ but they don’t have postcards."

  • ⭐️ 3.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 35 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 114 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, United States

17. Bromer Booksellers And Gallery

"I have been a collector of rare books for 3 decades and have never been in a shop with such fine employees. I brought my 20 yo son who had never been in a similar setting and they immediately attended to him and helped him to feel comfortable and appreciated. While they are not the largest antiquarian bookstore the volumes they own are carefully curated and chosen for people with budgets from $50 to $50,000. I have no other relationship to them except as a customer and get no discount for my opinion (I wish!). Much luck to them. Ask to see the Picasso miniature!! Jim"

  • ⭐️ 4.2 Rating
  • πŸ“° 13 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 607 Boylston St Second Floor, Boston, MA 02116, United States