Best Bookshops In Vancouver, Canada

Photo of Kelly Bradshaw
9 February 2017

Situated in the beautiful country of British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver is a bustling yet scenic city offering spectacular views of the ocean and nearby mountains. However, Vancouver is also home to a vast selection of world-class establishments. Below is a list of the best bookshops in Vancouver which offer visitors an astonishing and distinctive variety of works.

Vancouver city center from above | © Alex Costin/Flickr

The Paper Hound

Described as favoring the classic, curious, beautiful and bizarre kind of books, The Paper Hound offers a selection of new, used, and rare titles in a historic, atmospheric building. With an astonishing amount of over 9,000 titles, the bookshop has even previously stocked a map of old ghost towns and mining camps. This distinctive and quirky bookshop creates the perfect environment for those who are hoping to find something which departs from the expected.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm
Watch out for: authentic collectibles such as a first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarrillion
344 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 428 1344

Tanglewood Books

Offering a wide selection of titles, such as latest releases and bestsellers, Tanglewood Books is a cozy bookshop located in the heart of Vancouver. With the majority of its books priced at 50% off the cover price, Tanglewood Books offers great value for money, and produces a welcoming environment due to the group of knowledgeable people running the store. With its wooden floors and shelves accompanied by a chandelier, this traditional, yet luxuriously decorated, bookshop is the perfect place to visit.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
Watch out for: the store allows you to trade or sell your used books for a reasonable price
2306 W Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 736 8876

Book Warehouse

Run by three impressively knowledgeable generations of booksellers, Book Warehouse is a local independent store situated in the bustling city of Vancouver. Proudly displaying simplistic yet authentic décor with its wooden chairs and over-stacked book shelves, Book Warehouse allows the visitor’s imagination to run wild due to the vast selection of titles and genres. With many discounted prices in store, Book Warehouse is the ideal place to visit for an afternoon of relaxed browsing.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Watch out for: author signings throughout the year
4118 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 879 7737


Offering an impressive variety of books for children of all ages, Kidsbooks is a full-service bookshop offering advice and appointments in order to provide the ultimate one-to-one experience. From fiction to non-fiction, educational resources and classics, you can be sure that Kidsbooks will provide the perfect book for your child. With canvasses and cozy red leather seating, this vibrant infamous bookshop offers a comforting and animated environment for children.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-6pm, Fri 9.30am-9pm, Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Watch out for: Kidsbooks also sells a range of toys, games, craft kits and activities
3083 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 738 53357

Pulpfiction Books

One of Western Canada’s largest and busiest bookshops, Pulpfiction Books offers an unrivalled selection of new, used and out-of-print books. Described by customers as having more turnover than any other bookshop, this immensely popular place is the ideal environment for an afternoon of browsing in a cosy, generously stocked store. With hundreds of new titles added to the shelves almost every day, Pulpfiction is sure to provide you with any specific needs.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Watch out for: if Pulpfiction don’t have a specific book in store, a new version will be ordered at a generous 30% off the original price.
2422 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 876 4311

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