The best independent bookstores in the U.S.
Every great city has a great bookstore. That’s just a fact of life. Because even as we navigate a digital world, there is something sacred and comforting about wandering the aisle of an independent bookshop. The best bookstores in America are cultural landmarks and vibrant hubs of intellectual exploration. Our list includes those in major cities like The Strand, a historic New York City haven with miles of books, to City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco, hub of beatnik culture, and others spread throughout small and mid-size cities across the country. No matter its location, each bookstore has a distinct personality, shaped by its history and supported by its community. RECOMMENDED: 10 Black-owned bookstores in the USA tell us their favorite books by Black authors