The Best Bookstores In Austin, TX

BookPeople | © QuesterMark/Flickr
BookPeople | © QuesterMark/Flickr
Photo of Aubrey Cofield
28 October 2016

Bookstores help us remember the world before the technology takeover and remind us that it’s both comforting and beneficial to pick up and read a book from time to time. Here are the best bookstores in Austin for finding a paperback treasure.

Malvern Books

Malvern Books is a small independent bookstore selling lesser-known authors that they feel deserve to be read. They hold poetry, novels, non-fiction, and other literary pieces you won’t find anywhere else. They also host frequent poetry readings and performances by various Austin musicians.

Brave New Books

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A lovely bookstore off of Guadalupe Street, Brave New Books holds a great selection of titles; they’re best known for their unique sections like Conspiracy and Politics. The store also provides a bold atmosphere for community discussions, and you can find various reading groups and events going on at any given time. They also promote social activism and natural health with their extensive stock of health products.

South Congress Books

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South Congress Books, Austin, Texas
South Congress Books, Austin, Texas | © Anita Dalton/Flickr
South Congress Books is a charming bookstore with a large collection of art books, along with some cookbooks and music books. They pride themselves on an aesthetically lovely display with a strong emphasis on collectibles. If you love quality decorativeness and art, then this is a bookstore for you.


BookPeople is a gem with an extremely knowledgeable staff who will give it their all to help you find your next favorite book. There is always a section dedicated to staff picks, which are all top-notch recommendations. In addition to their array of books, they also have a café – which is alone worth a visit – serving everything from lattes to vegan and gluten-free food options. It is a bookstore that accommodates everyone.

5th Dimension Books

While 5th Dimension Books is fairly new to Austin, it’s too awesome not to include. They’re Austin’s only mobile bookstore and offer sci-fi, fantasy, and fringe books. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a magical world of unique books and funky souvenirs. Their collection is surprisingly large, and their location constantly changes. You can check out their website to track their whereabouts so that you can catch them when they head to your neck of the woods.

Feeding my addiction at fifth dimension books. #atx

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Farewell Books

Farewell Books contains both new and used books, plus it has a great staff to aid you in choosing your next read. They also have an art gallery and a coffee bar attached, so get lost in art of all forms before grabbing a coffee for a pick-me-up and heading back into the real world.

See ya. #atx #austintx #farewellbooks

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Monkey Wrench Books

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Monkey Wrench Books is a diverse setting offering books, a meeting space, and volunteer staff working to make a difference. This is a not-for-profit bookstore that creates a space where people can discuss and read about the current social and economic issues. They’ve been called radical and different, making it a place worth checking out.

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