Best bookstores in Boston

Check out the top bookstores in Boston, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Porter Square Books
1. Porter Square Books
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38 local reviews
25 White St, Cambridge
Closed · Opens Sunday 8:00 AM
+1 617-491-2220
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Kimberly
Bookstore - Founded in 2004 by a consortium of owners, Porter Square Books quickly became a neighborhood…
Caroline
This is a locally owned bookstore and cafe located about a 15-minute walk from us, in Porter Square. This is…
Peter
One of the few remaining local bookstores, with periodic readings and signings. Kids books as well. Coffee…
1. Porter Square Books
1. Porter Square Books
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38 local reviews
25 White St, Cambridge
Closed · Opens Sunday 8:00 AM
+1 617-491-2220
Kimberly
Kimberly
Bookstore - Founded in 2004 by a consortium of owners, Porter Square Books quickly became a neighborhood institution, treasured for its…
Caroline
Caroline
This is a locally owned bookstore and cafe located about a 15-minute walk from us, in Porter Square. This is my favorite bookstore and…
Peter
Peter
One of the few remaining local bookstores, with periodic readings and signings. Kids books as well. Coffee shop in the front.
2. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
2. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
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51 local reviews
338 Newbury St, Boston
Open · Closes in 27 minutes
+1 617-267-8688
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Mika
Trident is a fun place to grab breakfast because is acts as a bookstore as well as a restaurant. If you have…
Mitali
I love this peaceful bookstore & restaurant. You can have a great breakfast and spend a couple hours poring…
Steph
Independent bookstore famous for fantastic breakfast/brunch. Breakfast menu available all day - they even…
2. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
2. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
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51 local reviews
338 Newbury St, Boston
Open · Closes in 27 minutes
+1 617-267-8688
Mika
Mika
Trident is a fun place to grab breakfast because is acts as a bookstore as well as a restaurant. If you have to put your name down for a…
Mitali
Mitali
I love this peaceful bookstore & restaurant. You can have a great breakfast and spend a couple hours poring over books, magazines, and small…
Steph
Steph
Independent bookstore famous for fantastic breakfast/brunch. Breakfast menu available all day - they even serve juices, smoothies, teas,…
3. Brookline Booksmith
3. Brookline Booksmith
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30 local reviews
279 Harvard St, Brookline
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:00 AM
+1 617-566-6660
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Litty
Dana Brigham opened this treasure in 1961 and if you go there you'll soon see why it is synonymous with what…
Sally & Bruce
Wonderful independent bookstore. It has a huge selection of children's books, an extensive used book section,…
Chana
My all time favorite bookstore in North America. Constantly updated and curated selection. They also have a…
3. Brookline Booksmith
3. Brookline Booksmith
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30 local reviews
279 Harvard St, Brookline
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:00 AM
+1 617-566-6660
Litty
Litty
Dana Brigham opened this treasure in 1961 and if you go there you'll soon see why it is synonymous with what Brookline is all about. Our…
Sally & Bruce
Sally & Bruce
Wonderful independent bookstore. It has a huge selection of children's books, an extensive used book section, gifts and greeting cards and…
Chana
Chana
My all time favorite bookstore in North America. Constantly updated and curated selection. They also have a great selection of used books in…
4. Harvard Book Store
4. Harvard Book Store
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26 local reviews
1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-661-1515
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Anatole
If I tell you I personally know the owner from my former hi-tech days working to help invent the Internet with…
Monta
I love supporting this bookstore. I always stop by here before going to the big Harvard Coop. If they don't…
Rhonda
Harvard Book Store is an independently run bookstore located in Harvard Square and has been family-owned since…
4. Harvard Book Store
4. Harvard Book Store
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26 local reviews
1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-661-1515
Anatole
Anatole
If I tell you I personally know the owner from my former hi-tech days working to help invent the Internet with Jeff who owns the store, you…
Monta
Monta
I love supporting this bookstore. I always stop by here before going to the big Harvard Coop. If they don't have what I need, I end up…
Rhonda
Rhonda
Harvard Book Store is an independently run bookstore located in Harvard Square and has been family-owned since 1932, known for our…
5. Papercuts J.P.
5. Papercuts J.P.
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11 local reviews
5 Green St, Boston
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-522-3404
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Maria Elena
Tiny, adorable independent bookstore. We try to support them whenever we can because we want it to succeed.
Perry
Tiny, adorable locally owned independent bookstore with a variety of cards and other items.
Megan
EXCELLENT BOOKSTORE! Many interesting local books and there are plenty of gift ideas.
5. Papercuts J.P.
5. Papercuts J.P.
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11 local reviews
5 Green St, Boston
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-522-3404
Maria Elena
Maria Elena
Tiny, adorable independent bookstore. We try to support them whenever we can because we want it to succeed.
Perry
Perry
Tiny, adorable locally owned independent bookstore with a variety of cards and other items.
Megan
Megan
EXCELLENT BOOKSTORE! Many interesting local books and there are plenty of gift ideas.
6. Harvard Coop
6. Harvard Coop
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19 local reviews
1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-499-2000
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Aihua
This used to be a Barnes and Noble.. it still is I believe (the company may have been purchased) Now its…
Will
One of the many bookstores in Harvard Square, but one of the reasons I love this one is because it has 3…
Jude&Chris
One of the best bookstores in town with an incredible selection. Very often they have a plethora of signed…
6. Harvard Coop
6. Harvard Coop
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19 local reviews
1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-499-2000
Aihua
Aihua
This used to be a Barnes and Noble.. it still is I believe (the company may have been purchased) Now its called the Coop bookstore. You can…
Will
Will
One of the many bookstores in Harvard Square, but one of the reasons I love this one is because it has 3 floors and a coffee shop where you…
Jude&Chris
Jude&Chris
One of the best bookstores in town with an incredible selection. Very often they have a plethora of signed books by local authors and…
7. Tres Gatos
7. Tres Gatos
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97 local reviews
470 Centre St, Boston
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-477-4851
Book storeBarElectronics store
Meena & Ari
This wonderful tapas place was open recently near our place. They have delicious tapas and drinks. It is a…
Amanda
Excellent tapas and wine bar. There is a lovely patio outside for a nice evening. There is also a…
Mary Kate & Javier
A fun tapas restaurant with lots of charm that was converted from a bookstore to a restaurant.
7. Tres Gatos
7. Tres Gatos
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97 local reviews
470 Centre St, Boston
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-477-4851
Meena & Ari
Meena & Ari
This wonderful tapas place was open recently near our place. They have delicious tapas and drinks. It is a small place and very intimate…
Amanda
Amanda
Excellent tapas and wine bar. There is a lovely patio outside for a nice evening. There is also a well-curated record and bookstore at the…
Mary Kate & Javier
Mary Kate & Javier
A fun tapas restaurant with lots of charm that was converted from a bookstore to a restaurant.
8. Lorem Ipsum Books
8. Lorem Ipsum Books
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5 local reviews
1299 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
+1 617-497-7669
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Louie
Hiding in Cambridge's Inman Square, this small, independent bookstore has a magnificent selection of books…
Krystyna
Great used bookstore. Has a TV in the window that says "Read instead."
Erika
Secondhand bookstore to get lost in!
8. Lorem Ipsum Books
8. Lorem Ipsum Books
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5 local reviews
1299 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
+1 617-497-7669
Louie
Louie
Hiding in Cambridge's Inman Square, this small, independent bookstore has a magnificent selection of books hand-picked by a loving staff.
Krystyna
Krystyna
Great used bookstore. Has a TV in the window that says "Read instead."
Erika
Erika
Secondhand bookstore to get lost in!
9. Porter Square Shopping Center
9. Porter Square Shopping Center
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15 local reviews
1 – 37 White St, Cambridge
+1 781-334-4661
Shopping mallPoint of interestEstablishment
Alexander
Open-air complex comprising big-name & local stores, plus restaurants. CVS, Dunkin Donuts, a local bookstore,…
A & T
Shopping center with supermarket, hardware store, bookstore, etc.
Viola
Stores: Shaws Supermarket Bookstore Cambridge Naturals CVS, etc.
9. Porter Square Shopping Center
9. Porter Square Shopping Center
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15 local reviews
1 – 37 White St, Cambridge
+1 781-334-4661
Alexander
Alexander
Open-air complex comprising big-name & local stores, plus restaurants. CVS, Dunkin Donuts, a local bookstore, Tags Hardware, Michael's…
A & T
A & T
Shopping center with supermarket, hardware store, bookstore, etc.
Viola
Viola
Stores: Shaws Supermarket Bookstore Cambridge Naturals CVS, etc.
10. Harvard Square
10. Harvard Square
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148 local reviews
18 Brattle St, Cambridge
+1 617-491-3434
Point of interestEstablishment
Greg And Alicia
Harvard University. There are shops, bookstores and restaurants in the area. Fogg Art Museum concentrates on…
Robin And Lee (Robin's Mom)
The Coop bookstore is great, books, snacks Harvard ambiance.
Vivian
Great bookstores, boutiques, restaurants and cafes
10. Harvard Square
10. Harvard Square
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148 local reviews
18 Brattle St, Cambridge
+1 617-491-3434
Greg And Alicia
Greg And Alicia
Harvard University. There are shops, bookstores and restaurants in the area. Fogg Art Museum concentrates on Italian early-Renaissance art,…
Robin And Lee (Robin's Mom)
Robin And Lee (Robin's Mom)
The Coop bookstore is great, books, snacks Harvard ambiance.
Vivian
Vivian
Great bookstores, boutiques, restaurants and cafes
11. Porter Square
11. Porter Square
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42 local reviews
Porter Square, Cambridge
NeighborhoodPolitical
Ines
This is the closest shopping center. There's a large supermarket (Shaw's), a CVS pharmacy, a bookstore, a…
Laurie
Porter square has some great restaurants, pharmacy, grocery store, Bookstore, and shopping.
11. Porter Square
11. Porter Square
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42 local reviews
Porter Square, Cambridge
Ines
Ines
This is the closest shopping center. There's a large supermarket (Shaw's), a CVS pharmacy, a bookstore, a liquor store and a couple of other…
Laurie
Laurie
Porter square has some great restaurants, pharmacy, grocery store, Bookstore, and shopping.
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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368 local reviews
465 Huntington Ave, Boston
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-267-9300
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Amy
One of the oldest museums in the nation. Free admission on Wednesdays after 4:30 p.m. Open late till 9:30…
Sophia
Amazing museum with lots to offer: art, programmes, coffee shops, bookstore... Free after 5pm on weekdays…
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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368 local reviews
465 Huntington Ave, Boston
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 617-267-9300
Amy
Amy
One of the oldest museums in the nation. Free admission on Wednesdays after 4:30 p.m. Open late till 9:30 Wednesday through Friday. You…
Sophia
Sophia
Amazing museum with lots to offer: art, programmes, coffee shops, bookstore... Free after 5pm on weekdays (double check that though)