There is a unique pleasure to staring at reams and reams of barely organized chaos only for an unknown masterpiece to emerge from the rubble. This kind of cathartic joy can only be found in the myriad of books that occupy Toronto’s used bookstores. Below is a list of some of the best that Toronto has to offer.
Based in an old French restaurant, Balfour Books is in many ways a rejection of the chaos of most used bookstores. Instead of the usual ramshackle, loosely organised approach most used book stores take to their displays, the shelves are well organised, resembling a gallery of books with the categories actually outlined by wooden Scrabble pieces. The books that are in the best condition often have plastic wrapped covers to preserve them better for their next buyer. The selection available is fantastic, the staff is friendly and the charming wooden Scrabble pieces makes this a lovely quiet spot for book browsing.
Balfour Books, 470 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 531 9911