This is one of my favorite bookstores


#1

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/last-bookstore

I’d love to do a road trip based entirely around bookstores — what are other must-visits?


#2

I love Albertine in NYC! I don’t speak French but I won’t let a language barrier get in between me and its beautiful ceiling https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/albertine


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#4

John King Bookstore in Detroit! I think it’s my favorite place I’ve ever been in the entire world. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/john-k-king-used-rare-books


#5

I desperately want to visit Daunt Books in London (not really road-trippable unless you’re in the UK…). It specializes in travel books and has been in operation since 1912. It’s also purportedly the “first custom built bookshop in the world.”


#6

Oh, that looks amaziiiiiiing. I may need to start planning a London trip.


#7

Powell’s in Portland is my favorite bookstore in the world. Every time I’ve visited Portland, I’ve paid it a visit (and gotten lost in the City of Books) every single day.


#8

The Montague Book Mill is special, if you’re ever passing through Central Mass.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-montague-book-mill-montague-massachusetts


#9

I’ve been to that one! A perfect bookstore in so many ways.


#10

I still have never been to Detroit, even though I go to Michigan every year for Christmas! This will be the year that changes.


#11

I second Daunt books! I visited there just after I started at Atlas Obscura and thought its selection was the most Atlassy selection of books possible. Also, it’s handsome as the (Charles) dickens.


#12

Seconding this! John K. King is such a magical place. It feels like you could spend years rifling through things, and that if you sat down in a corner of one of the quieter floors, you could stay there forever without anyone noticing. (Living out my childhood dream of camping inside a bookstore.)


#13

This is a can’t miss stop for anyone who finds themselves in BsAs.


#14

+1 on this. Probably the most charming bookstore in NYC.


#15

I have dreamed of visiting this place for ages , cant wait to see it and Buenos Aires one day.


#16

Open Books in Seattle - all poetry; akin to Grolier Books in Boston.


#17

AbeBooks curated a list of 66 bookstores on Route 66 a while back for anyone wanting to add a literary component to their next 66 road trip.


#18

Oh, that’s awesome!


#19

Shout out to AbeBooks! That’s where I buy all my used books online. 3 out of 4 books comes from the store with a thank you note for purchasing from an Indie seller.


#20

Prospero’s in Kansas City is really cool. It’s three levels of book shelves among little art works and tons of graffiti. Definitely my favorite place to spend an afternoon.