airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar

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

© Unsplash
© Unsplash
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

Arizona

Bookstore, Shop
Save
Changing Hands Bookstore, Camelback Road
Changing Hands Bookstore, Camelback Road | Courtesy of First Draft Book Bar
Changing Hands Bookstore and First Draft Book Bar A huge long-standing bookstore, coffee shop, and bar all in one. Pair your chosen title with their great selection of beers.
More Info
Sun:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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

Courtesy of Books & Books

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

Idaho

Bookstore
Save
Bookstore at night
Bookstore at night | Courtesy of BookPeople of Moscow
BookPeople of Moscow This bookstore is the oldest in Idaho and has been in continuous operation on Moscow’s main street for almost 45 years.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Illinois

Bookstore
Save
Women & Children First, Clark Street
Women & Children First, Clark Street | Courtesy of Women and Children First
Women & Children First All-around bookstore with a brilliant selection of feminist and LBGTQ titles, as well as a great children’s section.
More Info
Sun:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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

Missouri

Store, University
Save
Subterranean Books, Street Louis
Subterranean Books, Street Louis | Courtesy of Subterranean Books
Subterranean Books Located in center of St Louis, Subterranean Books stocks new and specialist books. They also regularly host book signings, and also art exhibitions in their gallery.
More Info
Sun:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Nevada

Bookstore, Store
Save
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.
More Info

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

North Carolina

Bookstore
Save
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, North Carolina
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, North Carolina | Courtesy of Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe
Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe Located in the heart of downtown Asheville and well-known for their ‘blind date’ concept which allows you to buy a staff favorite, secretly wrapped in brown paper.
More Info
Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Oregon

Bookstore
Save
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.
More Info
Sun:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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

South Carolina

Bookstore
Save
The Storybook Shoppe, Bluffton
The Storybook Shoppe, Bluffton | Courtesy of The Storybook Shoppe
The Storybook Shoppe This picturesque bookstore is entirely devoted to children’s literature, with every book being hand-selected by the owner. There are frequent storytelling events, with a regular story hour on Monday mornings.
More Info
Mon:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

South Dakota

Bookstore
Save
Mitzi's Books, South Dakota
Mitzi's Books, South Dakota | Courtesy of Mitzi's Books
Mitzi’s Books An atmospheric bookstore with a famous central staircase and lots of corners to discover. 510 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA, +1 605-721-2665
More Info
Sun:
11:00 am - 4:00 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 - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Vermont

Bookstore
Save
Phoenix Books Rutland
Phoenix Books Rutland | Courtesy of Phoenix Books Essex and Burlington
Phoenix Books A store focused on supporting the Vermont community economy, with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Misty Valley.
More Info
Sun:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Virginia

Bookstore
Save
Chop Suey Books, Richmond
Chop Suey Books, Richmond | Courtesy of Chop Suey Books
Chop Suey Books Named after the neighborhood restaurant whose building they inherited, they specialize in used and new books, with numerous feminist and political titles.
More Info
Sun:
12:00 pm - 7:00 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 - 8:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Washington

Store, Bookstore
Save
Book 'N' Brush, Chehalis
Book 'N' Brush, Chehalis | Courtesy of Book 'N' Brush
Book ‘N’ Brush Established in 1969, this timeless store is a well-loved piece of local history. As well as books they sell art supplies, gifts, handmade local jewelry and greeting cards.
More Info
Sun:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

West Virginia

Art Gallery, Bookstore, Shop
Save
Taylor Books, Charleston
Taylor Books, Charleston | Courtesy of Taylor Books
Taylor Books A Charleston-based bookstore with an excellent selection of regional West Virginia and Appalachian works. They also have an adjoining art gallery, a coffee shop, bar, and lounge.
More Info
Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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

And not forgetting…