Locations β†’ Manchester

16 Bookstores In Manchester πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

These are 16 of the best bookstores in Manchester. The best bookstore is Waterstones. Here is the list of Manchester bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Waterstones

"I love this Bookstore and if your a Bookworm this is the place to go , sit on a sofa and flick through a book your interested in purchase it and go for a Coffee and a cake in the Cafeteria and if you have time to kill read for a while.You can easily loose track of time in Here & it’s a wonderful Bookstore ,, Staff seem relaxed and are really helpful - book lovers playground.Fondest memory was queuing around the block with my Son to get the latest Harry Potter book at the time - His face was beaming and He was so excited ,, it’s wonderful to see your Children engrossed in a book. Best Bookstore anywhere."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 3,155 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW, United Kingdom

2. Forbidden Planet International

"All of the staff were so friendly. Loads of options for Funko Pops. Would totally recommend going here and I will be coming again. I got the Flash and Vecna today."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 2,570 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 65-67 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR, United Kingdom

3. Waterstones

"Always enjoy a Waterstones visit and this one was no exception. Lovely atmosphere. I had tea in the cafe and the lady on the till was lovely."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,594 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Manchester Arndale, Market St, Manchester M4 3AQ, United Kingdom

4. Chapter One Books

"Nice cafe in town to go and get some work done or chill with your friends. Very nicely decorated, creative cakes with the most amazing vegan options."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,488 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Chatsworth House, 23 Lever St, Manchester M1 1BY, United Kingdom

5. Blackwell's Bookshop

"A really convenient book shop located near most of the university buildings. It has a wide selection of books (textbooks and non-fiction) as well as some reasonably priced stationary that you can pick up if in need. With a cafe upstairs it also makes a nice place to study."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 429 Reviews
  • πŸ“ University Green, 146 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9GP, United Kingdom

6. Paramount Books

"Fantastic book shop, quirky and full of oddities. A Manchester staple. Paramount is something out of a book you could read in their fantasy selection. They have an excellent range of comics and send hand books. Even a piece of fruit or veg with every purchase.The staff are wonderful, helpful and quirky. The mandatory mask policy seems to be controversial with some, but personally never bothered me. The no photograph or being on the phone rule is a bit stranger. But I can appreciate the no phone call bit.There is a slight musty smell, but, what else do old books en masses smell like eh?The reason it's great, is you do find many odd gems of books you would struggle to find elsewhere. I've personally found a very expensive rare book that goes on ebay for Β£100 for Β£5 here. Know what you want and come here and you'll find gems galore. The music and upstairs vintage clothes section is just a plus."

  • ⭐️ 4.2 Rating
  • πŸ“° 210 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 25-27 Shudehill, Manchester M4 2AF, United Kingdom

7. Chorlton Bookshop

"Lovely independent book shop, very quaint, good presentation, with very knowledgeable staff. A little haven for any bookworm.In a world that feels so impersonal, where you order books from Amazon, or find them randomly on charity and trift shops, this place feels like a small fragment of a dissappearing world. The cosy atmosphere and neat selection of books makes looking for a something new to read an immersive experience.I buy (obviously) more books than I can read, and everytime I come here to browse I always end up finding something else to add to the backlog pile.They have a vast selection available but if there's something they don't have they can always order it for you. Also available are plenty of postcards, nice ones, and a large selection of children and youth books, the plushies somehow also feel appropriate and add to the atmosphere.There's an old school boilers providing heating, and honestly I wish they had the space for a small sofa or chair for someone to sit and read a chapter or two, it doesn't need it, and it certainly doesn't have the space for it, but gosh would it be oh so yummy.Definitely stop by if you need a book to read on a rainy weekend or at the local Benito Lounge cafe."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 175 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 506 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AW, United Kingdom

8. Queer Lit

"Absolutely amazing experience. Went in for a browse and a nosey, and the staff were so friendly..offered recommendations for graphic novels and their badges are amazing. Love that they're just in a fish bowl. Their level of detail is great. A very down to Earth and friendly LGBT+ place. Really want to go back and buy more."

  • ⭐️ 5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 132 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 39 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LX, United Kingdom

9. House Of Books & Friends

"A wonderful warm environment with friendly staff. Situated in a beautiful historic building. Book shop and cafe with nice food. A lovely place to sit, meet friends and chat, even got designated tables to encourage conversation. Back room has lots of history. Well worth a visit."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 94 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ Ground Floor, 81 King St, Manchester M2 4AH, United Kingdom

10. Hasefer Book Store

"Great store, highly recommended, if you can't get to Lehman's in Gateshead, then this is a great alternative, otherwise there isn't much else to get excited about in Manchester"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 76 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 18 Merrybower Rd, Salford M7 4HE, United Kingdom

11. Alexandria Library

"Fantastic place for international students and for people to have a chat and be part of a community ,All welcome here!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 66 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 247 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M14 5LW, United Kingdom

12. Unitom

"Excellent shop with plenty of unique books, magazines and other items. Very fun to sift through and discover new things. Very quiet place with friendly staff members."

  • ⭐️ 5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 42 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1a Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN, United Kingdom

13. E J Morten Booksellers

"Great independent village bookshop. Lots of signed books on offer as well"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 41 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 6 Warburton St, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6WA, United Kingdom

14. Didsbury Village Bookshop

"Fantastic look around yesterday through the bookshop. As an English teacher once upon a time, I marvelled at all the books that have been around before me. If you want to look and hunt at ease for all types of books, this is the place to visit. Happy to have found a book for my children and sit down at Art of Tea for a coffee. I will be back again."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 38 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Inside The Art of Tea 47, Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TW, United Kingdom

15. Anywhere Out Of The World

"Excellent little bookshop with some really fantastic niche books, especially pertaining to the occult, spirituality and other esoteric weirdness. Employees are super lovely too and great to chat with. Really worth checking out."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 26 Reviews
  • πŸ“ First Floor, 70 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG, United Kingdom

16. Manchester Book Buyers

"Nice little bookshop, had a great little chat with the owner."

  • ⭐️ 3.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 23 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN, United Kingdom