There’s no arguing the fact that Pittsburgh is a city that loves the written word; visitors and locals will find a lengthy list of great independent bookstores in and around the city. What makes Pittsburgh’s bookstores particularly unique is they truly care about local authors and not only by selling their books but also by organizing and promoting their events, talks, and signings – with or without a publisher. Here are 11 of the coolest bookstores in and around the ‘Burgh.
With an excellent selection of both new and used books and special support for local writers, Classic Lines has a comfy environment to sit, relax and read for a while. If you have kids in tow, you’ll also find a special little space for kids and some signed copies. But Classic Lines is more than just books – you can also stock up on vintage housewares, home and garden décor, fine art, gifts, and more. Don’t miss this unique spot, conveniently located in the beautiful Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
Classic Lines, 5825 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, +1 412 422 2220
‘Perfectly strange, strangely perfect’ as they call themselves – Rickert & Beagle Books is a treasure worth the visit. This hidden gem is situated just 15 minutes away from downtown and is a haven for science-fiction, horror, and fantasy lovers. Every other Tuesday from 6:45 pm to 9 pm, the Word Writer’s Group reunites to discuss the craft of writing and to critique each other’s work. And calling all crafters: Rickert & Beagle Books hosts a once-monthly crafts and ‘fairly odd conversation‘ event.
Rickert & Beagle Books, 3233 West Liberty Ave., Dormont, PA, USA, +1 412 344 7444
In the small community of Dormont, just 11 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, lies one of the most charming bookstores around, Beyond Bedtime Books. This cute spot has it all – from a broad selection of books to a welcoming feeling, not to mention a knowledgeable and friendly owner, Jamie, who will help you find the perfect gift. Stopping by with kids is also a good idea, as a cute little space is designed for them in the back to explore their own love of reading, providing a magical literary experience.
Beyond Bedtime Books, 1453 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, +1 412 341 3838