The Best Bookstores in Monterey, California

Deanna Morgado

Monterey Bay is well known for its literary aspects. This has resulted in a number of magical bookstores and shops sprinkled though the coastal town. Some, however, are just a bit more special. Here are some of the best bookstores in Monterey, California.

1. Old Monterey Book Co.

Book lovers will adore Old Monterey Book Co. for it’s quaint surroundings and piles of books that are waiting to be thumbed through. There’s a wide selection of both new, fresh books and some wonderfully aged ones. Stepping through Old Monterey Book Co.’s doors will make you think you’ve been sent to bibliophile’s dream land.

Old Monterey Book Co., 136 Bonifacio Place, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 372 3111

2. Luminata Books and Gifts

Luminata Books and Gifts combines the wonder of books with a zen-minded atmosphere. The spiritual feel, along with the selection of interesting book sections, not to mention the sound of the Monterey Bay just outside, makes the shopping experience here lovely and peaceful. Luminata also holds special events such as book signings and psychic readings.

Luminata Books and Gifts, 631 Cass Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 275 5133

3. Bookworks

Cafe, Coffee Shop, American

The Bookworks, Pacific Grove
Courtesy of Bookworks
At Bookworks you won’t have to worry about hunting down a good latte after buying your book–there’s a coffee shop right inside the bookstore! This spot is perfect for the cafe rats out there who can’t get enough of the “coffee and a good book” combo. There’s a sea of shelves in the bookstore just behind the cafe counter that’s perfect for browsing, skimming, and buying.

5. Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden


Pilgrims Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Courtesy of Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden
Just outside the heart of Monterey, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, is Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden. It doesn’t get much better than finding a great read and then wandering around a lovely garden. Just outside of Pilgrim’s is a beautiful and peaceful secret garden, open for customers to explore. There’s plenty of books to choose from on the shelves, although there is quite a heavier selection of the peaceful and tranquil titles.

6. Bookbuyers

Previously known as Book Worm, this coastal spot is full to the brim of hardcovers and paperbacks of all kinds of topics and genres. The books at Bookbuyers are certainly used but are always in perfect reading condition. Although the space itself is small, the bibliophilic atmosphere will exceed nearly any book lover’s standards.

Bookbuyers, 600 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 375 4208

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