Best bookstores in Boston

Check out the top bookstores in Boston, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Tres Gatos

1. Tres Gatos

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33 local reviews
470 Centre Street, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-477-4851
Book storeElectronics storeBar
Mary Kate & Javier
A fun tapas restaurant with lots of charm that was converted from a bookstore to a restaurant.
Orion
Tapas and a bookstore in one! Who could ask for more!
Hilary
Delicious Spanish tapas. Great wine and beer selection. The chefs at this restaurant are the best and I think…
1. Tres Gatos

1. Tres Gatos

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33 local reviews
470 Centre Street, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-477-4851
Mary Kate & Javier
Mary Kate & Javier
A fun tapas restaurant with lots of charm that was converted from a bookstore to a restaurant.
Orion
Orion
Tapas and a bookstore in one! Who could ask for more!
Hilary
Hilary
Delicious Spanish tapas. Great wine and beer selection. The chefs at this restaurant are the best and I think they cook shell fish better t…
2. Porter Square Books

2. Porter Square Books

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9 local reviews
25 White Street, Cambridge
Closed now
+1 617-491-2220
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Peter
One of the few remaining local bookstores, with periodic readings and signings. Kids books as well. Coffee sho…
Sam
"Independent bookstore featuring a large selection for kids & adults, plus a cafe & author events. "
Beth
A great independent bookstore in a city full of independent bookstores. Our local and beloved.
2. Porter Square Books

2. Porter Square Books

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9 local reviews
25 White Street, Cambridge
Closed now
+1 617-491-2220
Peter
Peter
One of the few remaining local bookstores, with periodic readings and signings. Kids books as well. Coffee shop in the front.
Sam
Sam
"Independent bookstore featuring a large selection for kids & adults, plus a cafe & author events. "
Beth
Beth
A great independent bookstore in a city full of independent bookstores. Our local and beloved.
3. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

3. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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8 local reviews
338 Newbury Street, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-267-8688
CafeBook storeRestaurant
Mika
Trident is a fun place to grab breakfast because is acts as a bookstore as well as a restaurant. If you have t…
Steph
Independent bookstore famous for fantastic breakfast/brunch. Breakfast menu available all day - they even serv…
Brooke
Best greasy spoon spot for brunch! Great cafe set right in the middle of a bookstore. They have a wonderful o…
3. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

3. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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8 local reviews
338 Newbury Street, Boston
Closed now
+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 tab…
Steph
Steph
Independent bookstore famous for fantastic breakfast/brunch. Breakfast menu available all day - they even serve juices, smoothies, teas, cof…
Brooke
Brooke
Best greasy spoon spot for brunch! Great cafe set right in the middle of a bookstore. They have a wonderful outdoor patio in the summer too…
4. Harvard Book Store

4. Harvard Book Store

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7 local reviews
1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Closed now
+1 617-661-1515
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Monta
I love supporting this bookstore. I always stop by here before going to the big Harvard Coop. If they don't ha…
Andrew & Marie
THE Harvard Bookstore. Great place to discover new authors, old authors, and peruse the stacks. The staff is o…
Anatole
If I tell you I personally know the owner from my former hi-tech days working to help invent the Internet with…
4. Harvard Book Store

4. Harvard Book Store

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7 local reviews
1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Closed now
+1 617-661-1515
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 getti…
Andrew & Marie
Andrew & Marie
THE Harvard Bookstore. Great place to discover new authors, old authors, and peruse the stacks. The staff is of course very knowledgeable.
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 …
5. Brookline Booksmith

5. Brookline Booksmith

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9 local reviews
279 Harvard Street, Brookline
Closed now
+1 617-566-6660
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Judith
Independent Bookstore with personal service. It is just fun to roam the aisles and find that special book that…
Devotia
Hands down, the best bookstore in town. You will be swept off your feet by the selection of books and knick kn…
Chana
My all time favorite bookstore in North America. Constantly updated and curated selection. They also have a gr…
5. Brookline Booksmith

5. Brookline Booksmith

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9 local reviews
279 Harvard Street, Brookline
Closed now
+1 617-566-6660
Judith
Judith
Independent Bookstore with personal service. It is just fun to roam the aisles and find that special book that you have always wanted.
Devotia
Devotia
Hands down, the best bookstore in town. You will be swept off your feet by the selection of books and knick knacks. The small town feel of t…
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…
6. Papercuts J.P.

6. Papercuts J.P.

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6 local reviews
5 Green St, Boston
Closed now
(617) 522-3404
Book storeStorePoint of interest
Perry
Tiny, adorable locally owned independent bookstore with a variety of cards and other items.
Chad
Cool little bookstore with friendly staff and quirky selection.
Maria Elena
Tiny, adorable independent bookstore. We try to support them whenever we can because we want it to succeed.
6. Papercuts J.P.

6. Papercuts J.P.

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6 local reviews
5 Green St, Boston
Closed now
(617) 522-3404
Perry
Perry
Tiny, adorable locally owned independent bookstore with a variety of cards and other items.
Chad
Chad
Cool little bookstore with friendly staff and quirky selection.
Maria Elena
Maria Elena
Tiny, adorable independent bookstore. We try to support them whenever we can because we want it to succeed.