7 independent bookstores every booklover must visit
This radical bookstore has always had an international focus, in part because it didn’t have the necessary license to sell books in Norwegian when it opened back in 1973. Praised by such luminaries as Allen Ginsberg and Neil Gaiman, the store continues to stock titles that will appeal to your inner rebel.
Room with a view
Conceived over a bottle of wine back in 2002, this charming literary outpost has an eye-popping view of the sea and an ocean of titles in English, Chinese, French, and German crammed into every available space. Don’t miss the trapdoor to the roof terrace.
New, used, rare or out of print – no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it somewhere among the 18 miles of books here.
Borrow or bur
It’s a bookshop. It’s a library. It’s a literature festival. It’s also a bar and restaurant. And it has four locations in Beijing, Chengdu, and Suzhou. What more could you ask for?
Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road Chaoyang District, Beijing
Yujie East Road 2–7#, Ren min South Road 28#, Chengdu
77 Gunxiufang Shiquan Jie, Suzhou
In this combined bookshop, gallery, and tea room, classic literature and poetry rub shoulders with graphic novels and weird and wonderful literary curiosities. Live music and author events add to the unique atmosphere.
If you like a good whodunit, this is the bookstore for you. The oldest specialty mystery bookstore in the US, it stocks more than 25,000 titles and hosts hundreds of author events each year.
Powerhouse Arena combines a bookstore, gallery, and performance space in a modern industrial milieu. As well as browsing books, you can attend a wide range of cultural events, readings, and exhibitions of art, design, and photography.
37 Main Street, New York