Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

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Discerning bookworms will appreciate a trip to Elliott Bay Book Company, a bookstore featuring thousands of books in a rustic shop. Everything from the newest bestseller to rare and out-of-print volumes is offered, and once you've made your purchase, you can spend some time reading in the downstairs cafe. Check ahead of time for special events, as the store regularly hosts readings and book signings. Add Elliott Bay Book Company and other attractions to your Seattle trip itinerary using our Seattle journey app.
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  • Extensive selection with helpful staff reviews posted with books. Excellent book-lover ambiance, lots of magazines (guilty pleasure), and positive and helpful staff. Don't know what you want... 
    Extensive selection with helpful staff reviews posted with books. Excellent book-lover ambiance, lots of magazines (guilty pleasure), and positive and helpful staff. Don't know what you want...  more »
  • I love supporting independent bookstores but was disappointed here today. First they require sanitizer at the door, but they were using scented sanitizer which was so strong I got a headache. Second.....  more
    I love supporting independent bookstores but was disappointed here today. First they require sanitizer at the door, but they were using scented sanitizer which was so strong I got a headache. Second.....  more »
  • There is one place I ALWAYS go, even if I’m only in Seattle for an afternoon - Elliott Bay Books. I will travel down from vancouver just to go here. A large, curated selection of books, lots of... 
    There is one place I ALWAYS go, even if I’m only in Seattle for an afternoon - Elliott Bay Books. I will travel down from vancouver just to go here. A large, curated selection of books, lots of...  more »
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  • This is a great bookstore that is spacious and feels very unique and independent. It definitely isn't a Barnes and Noble! They have a wall of staff recommendations and also some written throughout the store. They have events with authors downstairs and also in other venues throughout the city. There is a little coffee shop in the back. It's a great selection and everyone is knowledgeable and willing to help you find something! They also have a cute selection of cards, notebooks, locally made gifts pins, and zines.
  • Large selection of books and even more on their second floor. Quite interesting titles. However the atmosphere didn't feel as welcoming as I thought it would be.... First time there maybe it's just a Sunday evening vibe but.... That's just me.
  • The perfect way to spend an afternoon. Grab a coffee in their downstairs cafe and wander the shelves. I always end up picking up a title I’ve never heard of based on the awesome recommendation cards that like the shelves. The employees are very helpful and actually knowledgeable about different subject areas to make helpful recommendations. Their history and poetry sections stand out as especially well-curated. And upstairs they have a huge bargain section where you can get anything from a Penguin paperback to a cool coffee table art book for under $10.
  • Excellent store with atmosphere. Super helpful staff. Staff notes share knowledge of the books. A great place for a visit should it precipitate outside!
  • Welcome to one of the most popular bookstores in Seattle. Inside, you'll be pulled in by it's v charming and relaxed atmosphere. Don't forget to ask the store clerks about their weekly book recommendations! I sat down and read a book about raising puppies and it was not the best book on puppy raising that I have read. Dont read that book but do try out Elliott Bay.

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