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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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New Mexico


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

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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


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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