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Elliott Bay Book Company
|1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA||This Seattle bookstore opened in the Pioneer Square area in 1973 and is now located in Capitol Hill. We love it for its history, its cafe, its high-beamed ceilings, its events and, oh yeah…its BOOKS!|
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
|525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA||This bookstore, located in Uwajimaya Village has all the books a Japanophile could want, from calligraphy supplies, to books, to manga both in Japanese and English, to toys (Ghibli, anyone?)|
Uwajimaya Village, 525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
Third Place Books Ravenna
|6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, USA||We think that, perhaps, Third Place Books deserves to be above Third Place! We love it’s selection of new and used books, its friendly vibe, and its cozy cafe.|
They also have Seward Park and Lake Forest Park locations, but this one is for the Ravenna location.
6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
|7405 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA||What do you do after you win on Jeopardy? Easy! Quite your job at Amazon, open a bookstore, and write! That’s what owner of Phinney Books, Tom Nissley did. And it’s a cozy spot in my former neighborhood.|
7405 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
|1408 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA||We love the exterior of this University District Bookstore…and you can find some magical used books inside as well!|
1408 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
Twice Sold Tales
|1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA||Twice Sold Tales (Capitol Hill location here, but there’s also one in Ballard) has what it’s name implies — stacks of used books.|
But it also has lots of…CATS!
And a cat box (or at least its contents) dedicated to a local writer.
1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Mercer Street Books
|7 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA||We like Mercer Street Books for its many used titles…and we covet its vintage card catalog storage.|
7 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
Chin Music Press
|1500 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA||Publisher and seller of titles about Asia located in the Pike Place Market.|
Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101
Left Bank Books
|92 Pike St B, Seattle, WA 98101, USA||Eclectic seller of new and used titles specializing in anarchist, independent and small-press titles.|
Located right by the Pike Place Market sign at 92 Pike St # B, Seattle, WA 98101
|212 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA||Brick-walled Pioneer Square bookstore with used and rare titles.|
212 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
|218 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA||Another brick-walled Pioneer Square bookstore with used and some new titles and an upstairs loft filled with some pulp titles.|
218 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
The Couth Buzzard
|8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA||This long-time Seattle used bookstore (with a few new titles to boot) has been in its Greenwood location for a while now, after moving down the road from its original home closer to Phinney. Has an espresso counter and meeting space in back.|
8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
BLMF Literary Saloon
|1501 Pike Pl #322, Seattle, WA 98101, USA||Friendly used book space in the Pike Place Market.|
1501 Pike Pl #322, Seattle, WA 98101
|1501 Pike Pl #432, Seattle, WA 98101, USA||Pike Place Market bookstore with new and used titles.|
1501 Pike Pl #432, Seattle, WA 98101
Old Seattle Paperworks
|1501 Pike Pl #424, Seattle, WA 98101, USA||OK, this isn’t really a bookstore…but its assortment of vintage magazines and ads will appeal to a certain type of book lover.|
Located inside the Pike Place Market.
1501 Pike Pl # 424, Seattle, WA 98101
|4326 The Ave, Seattle, WA 98105, USA||University Bookstore likes to boast of their (deserved) title of being Seattle’s oldest bookstore. They started out in UW’s Denny Hall in 1900 and have been in their present location since 1924.|
4326 University Way, Seattle, WA 98105
|717 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA||Theosophical Society bookstore with titles about things like meditation, yoga, psychic phenomenon, and the like.|
717 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
East West Books
|6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, USA||Small Roosevelt-area bookstore with titles on things like meditation and yoga with a large selection of crystals.|
6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Secret Garden Bookshop
|2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107||I haven’t been in this one for years…but I loved their location by Greenlake when my children were small. Now they’re located in Ballard. Best children’s bookshop in Seattle.|
2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Map of Seattle’s Best Bookstores
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]apped! Here’s a map of Seattle’s best bookstores (independent bookstores, that is.) It’s not a map of EVERY bookstore in Seattle — you won’t find Barnes and Noble or Amazon on this map (though we’ll admit we shop at both.)
But we love independent bookstores with cozy cafes, or cats, or hodgepodges of used titles. You can click a map pin to view more about each shop or click through to it on its website or location on Google maps.
Coming soon: Our associated post on our favorite Seattle Bookstores! Look for it in the near future.