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50 Unique Independent Bookstores You Need to Visit in Every US State

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Across the US, independent bookstores are having a comeback. Often combining bookselling with a cafe or bar, these stores will usually stock rare presses and obscure publishers, alongside classics and bestsellers. The below are no exception, but also have that little something extra which makes them stand out from the rest.

Alabama

Alabama Booksmith

Potentially the only bookshop in the world with an inventory composed entirely of signed copies. It’s a great place to pick up a special gift, as almost every book is sold at publishers’ regular retail price.

2626 19th Pl S, Homewood, AL 35209, USA, +1 205-870-4242

Courtesy of Alabama Booksmith

Arkansas

Dickson Street Bookshop

A must-visit if you love cozy old bookstores with lots to discover. Look out for unique leather-bound and rare books.

325 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA, +1 479-442-8182

Courtesy of Dickson Street Bookshop

Colorado

Mutiny Information Cafe

An impossibly cool secondhand bookshop selling fiction, art books, records, and comics. Stay a while to try the local coffee beans and play on the vintage pinball machines.

2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA, +1 303-778-7579

Courtesy of Mutiny Information Cafe

Connecticut

RJ Julia Booksellers

Small in size, but with a track record of hosting some incredible authors from around the world.

768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443, USA, +1 203-245-3959

Courtesy of RJ Julia Booksellers

Florida

Books & Books

With several locations across Florida, we recommend heading to the one in Coral Gables to enjoy the cafe and outdoor patio.

265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134, USA, +1 305-442-4408

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Georgia

Avid Bookshop

Possibly the most charming bookstore around. Cozy and with a beautifully curated collection, they also have a second location, so you have no excuse not to visit!

Courtesy of Avid Bookshop

Hawaii

Hakubundo

Features English and Japanese titles, including manga, as well as craft supplies, toys, and gifts.

1200 Ala Moana Blvd #649, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA, +1 808-947-5503

Courtesy of Hakubundo

Louisiana

Octavia Books

Small but mighty, with a brilliant selection of literature about New Orleans.

513 Octavia St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA, +1 504-899-7323

Courtesy of Octavia Books

Massachusetts

The Montague Bookmill

Housed inside a grist mill dating back to 1834 and full of cozy places to sit and read.

440 Greenfield Rd, Montague, MA 01351, USA, +1 413-367-9206

Courtesy of The Montague Bookmill

Michigan

John K. King Used & Rare Books

A fantastic place to get lost in, four storeys of books dating back to over a hundred years ago.

901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA, +1 313-961-0622

Courtesy of John K. King Used and Rare Books

Minnesota

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

The go-to spot for Minneapolis readers, featuring everything from newest releases to rare collectible finds. Deceptively small from the outside, this extensive collection will keep you busy for hours.

3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA, +1 612-822-4611

Courtesy of Magers and Quinn, photo credit Annie Metcalf

Nevada

Bookstore, Store
The Writer's Block, Fremont Street
The Writer's Block, Fremont Street | Courtesy of The Writer's Block, Photo Credit Krystal Ramirez
The Writer’s Block A fantastically funky bookstore carrying a great variety of trinkets. The back of the store even has a small workshop to write and print beginner-books.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Deaf), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Instagrammable, Quiet
Sun:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

New Mexico

Bookworks

A well-loved neighborhood hangout, it’s dog-friendly and hosts books clubs and a range of local events.

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, USA, +1 505-344-8139

Courtesy of Bookworks

Ohio

Bookstore
Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson
Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson | Courtesy of The Learned Owl

Ohio

The Learned Owl

A charming shop on three levels, with a great range of educational books and gifts.

Courtesy of The Learned Owl

Courtesy of The Learned Owl

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Oregon

Bookstore, Park, Store
Powell's City of Books, Burnside Street
Powell's City of Books, Burnside Street | Courtesy of Powell's Books
Powell’s Books As the world’s largest independent bookstore, and with numerous locations throughout Oregon, Powell’s should be on the bucket list of all book fanatics.
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Pennsylvania

Baldwin Book Barn

There are five wonderful floors of rare and vintage books to discover in this former barn, plus cats to keep you company.

Courtesy of Baldwin's Book Barn

Courtesy of Baldwin’s Book Barn

Wyoming

Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse

The perfect environment for browsing or working, the coffeehouse has great coffee, pastries, and vegetarian food.

107 E Ivinson St, Laramie, WY 82070, USA, +1 307-742-9028

Courtesy of Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse

Courtesy of Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse

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