Boston’s classic cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings contribute to the city’s historic atmosphere, wonderfully conducive to curling up with a good book. Get to know Boston’s literary legacy at these favorite local bookshops: a short list of the best independent bookstores in Beantown.

Brattle Book Shop

The Brattle Book Shop dates back to 1825, and has continuously been one of Boston’s most well known bookstores. The three-story shop houses nearly a quarter million books, ranging from rare, leatherback first editions to stacks of weathered, one dollar-used reads. In addition to their expansive literary collection, the Brattle Book Shop also houses vintage maps, and will buy back used texts from patrons for cash. .

Brattle Book Shop
9 West St
Boston, MA 02111

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings is a famous children’s book, especially significant to children growing up in and around Boston. When visiting the Bean, be sure to share this wonderful New England tradition with your kids by stopping into the children’s bookstore and toy shop of the same name at the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Filled with kids toys, baby gear, and a whole array of fun nicnacs, Make Way For Ducklings is a must-see spot for families.

Make Way for Ducklings1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston, MA 02109

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Located on the world-famous Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Trident Booksellers & Cafe is best known as a hipster hangout and student study spot. Flip through your favorite indie mag while tucking in to the cafe: early Sunday mornings and late weekday afternoons are best for avoiding crowds. Try their Southwest breakfast burrito, Challah bread French toast, or hummus plate. Just keep crumbs and greasy fingers far from unpurchased pages.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115