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20 Bookstores In Seattle πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

These are 20 of the best bookstores in Seattle. The best bookstore is The Elliott Bay Book Company. Here is the list of Seattle bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. The Elliott Bay Book Company

"This bookstore is amazing! My son and I went twice in the same day, because we had an appointment nearby, and we don't even live in Seattle! We spent a few hours here, and bought multiple books. We are already planning our next trip to Seattle specifically to visit this bookstore again."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 3,729 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States

2. University Book Store

"I grew up visiting this sci-fi fantasy section (although it's moved downstairs). It's well curated with staff recommendations like at Powell's. Lots of signed copies.They often host local author talks of notable authors. Lots of cute college book store merch too! Parking is free under two hours."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 2,032 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, United States

3. Barnes & Noble

"I know, it's a chain but bookstores are dying out so I have to support the selling of books anyway I can. This particular store has gotten a facelift, no more music section in the back. The upstairs still has a warm and inviting Kid's Books area, I love it. There are comfy chairs throughout the store. Yes, the tables at the coffee shop aren't sizable for studying but it's nice to have this area. I 😘 books!"

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,935 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 401 NE Northgate Way #1100, Seattle, WA 98125, United States

4. Kinokuniya Seattle

"Conveniently inside/next to the Uwajimaya grocery store. The interior was a bit small and crowded, which make it somewhat hard to walk through since there were so many people there that day. This Kinokuniya location hasn’t had sonny angels in stock for a while, or so I’ve heard, so if you are going there in pursuit for sonny angels they might not have them for a while. They did have smiskis though, and a wide range and selection of other goodies and products. Staff was very nice and friendly."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,617 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

5. Twice Sold Tales

"The staff were very friendly and helpful. The bookstore has an incredibly varied collection of books. Easy to navigate and find whatever genre you're looking for. They were fairly priced for what I saw. The cats were very adorable and friendly! I would definitely recommend the place. Go out there and support this place!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 1,126 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States

6. Third Place Books Ravenna

"Smaller than their flagship store in Lake Forest Park, this store still has a lot going for it including the cafe in the back.I love that they have both new and used books, a website that works well, and a robust hold and pickup system.At the holidays (and maybe all year, though I haven't asked), they do complimentary gift wrapping.So glad they're part off the Seattle community!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 875 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, United States

7. Third Place Books Seward Park

"Oh Third Place Books- Seward Park location is lovely. I always seem to blow my book budget just in the staff recommendations area. This trip I came across the Project 562, about the federally recognized Tribes. I have it on hold at the library, but in person it is stunning. After debating with myself, I couldn't resist. In buying it, I support a local bookseller but also a local author and get to take this incredible book home instead of having to rush through the library copy. My picture won't do it justice. Seek out this book, support local."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 588 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, United States

8. Magus Books

"Beautiful selections of every genre you can imagine, the medieval music playing and the very friendly and helpful staff were the cherry on top. They didn't get annoyed when I asked for help four times, and when you ask if they have a specific book and it's available they somehow manage to get it to you in less than a minute! Lovely area, probably try to come by bus if you could, it's a wonderful experience "

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 270 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1408 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105, United States

9. Mercer Street Books

"This is a hidden gem bookstore. It has a vast selection of books, arranged in a way that makes it easy to explore different subjects. Some the books appear to be very unique, if not vintage.The vibe of the shop is stellar, featuring full shelves and many healthy plants. Also, the owner seems like a cool and knowledgeable person.Book fans, visit here!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 234 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 7 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

10. Pegasus Book Exchange

"First and foremost...the smell when you walk in...glorious...then the aisles of books...the colors...the different shapes and bindings...I could walk those aisles and just intake the pure ecstasy that is a real honest to God book store...but what it gets better...the staff at Pegasus are true book people and have the best hearts. They are always willing to go above and beyond to help you find what you want/need and even can help you find what you had no idea what you were looking for...I am and always will be a forever customer of Pegasus Books...we need to make sure places like this never leave the world...Books are Life and Pegasus feeds me that life force...thank you Pegasus!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 234 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 4553 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, United States

11. Secret Garden Bookshop

"This small bookshop is great. They obviously don't have every book but each book they do carry feels like it's gone through a careful selection process and the entire shop feels well curated. The staff are also super friendly!!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 230 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, United States

12. Left Bank Books Collective

"Did some browsing and buying at Left Bank Books, an anarchist collective bookstore in downtown Seattle in the Pike Place Market. Outstanding selection of books for the lefty shopper, including hard to find titles and pamphlets, zines, and newspapers. Don’t miss this if you are in Seattle!"

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 222 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 92 Pike St # B, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

13. Queen Anne Book Company

"Fantastic weekend or evening respite. Peruse a lovely selection of books, novels, guides, games and local favorites. Relax outside on the patio deck with a coffee or tea and your new read."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 190 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 1811 Queen Anne Ave N #103, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

14. Ophelia's Books

"Ophelia's is my favorite bookstore in Seattle in terms of charm. The shop is decorated with homey trinkets and full of well-loved books. They have several used books in near-perfect condition at great prices. The one thing I did notice is the space isn't very accessible- with narrow isles and a steep spiral staircase. If accessibility isn't a concern for you, I recommend checking this place out!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 185 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 3504 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States

15. Arundel Books

"Gorgeous decor and moulding. Selection of art prints and postcards. Selection of books around the local area, flora, fauna, indigenous peoples, and history. Also classic bookstore stocks, classics and current popular books. The guys helping me were lovely and all smiles. Stop in here for a visit!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 156 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 322 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

16. Phinney Books

"My favorite indie bookstore in town! The layout is informative and makes you feel welcomed. Every time I can discover some books I can’t leave without - it’s magical! Love their puzzle selection too."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 150 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 7405 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States

17. Lion Heart Book Store

"Great store, good selection and a fun overall experience. The shopkeeper, David, is very friendly and enjoys chatting with people and getting to know you. Definitely check it out if you’re in the Pike Place Market area!"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 107 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 1501 Pike Pl Apt 432, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

18. Magnolia's Bookstore

"Magnolia Bookstore is a charming, friendly, and local gem. The cozy atmosphere and helpful staff make it a delightful place to explore. Their curated selection of books ensures you'll discover something special with every visit. I highly recommend it to fellow book lovers!"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 56 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 3206 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199, United States

19. Lamplight Books

"Awesome!! Best bookstore at the market hands down. I went to 2 others there and this one put them to shame. Really nice store and great customer service."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 52 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ 1514 Pike Pl # 14, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

20. Madison Books

"Small but awesome book store with a great selection of modern books. They have a nice children's and young adults section too. They also have cool puzzles and stationary cards. Great place!"

  • ⭐️ 5 Rating
  • πŸ“° 22 Reviews
  • πŸ“ 4118 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112, United States