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The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 70 reviews on the web
Discerning bookworms will appreciate a trip to The 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 The Elliott Bay Book Company to your Seattle travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Seattle vacation route planner.
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  • Easily one of the largest bookstores I've been in. (except The Strand in NYC, obviously). If I lived here, I'd be a frequent visitor. Great selection of books and lots of seating! They had a great sel...  read more »
  • If you like book stores, you will love this one. There is a large selection of books (it's not Powells but still very good). There is a coffee shop in the store and lots of chairs. A great place to br...  read more »
  • Elliott Bay Books is a Seattle institution! A wonderful independent bookstore where you can lose yourself for hours. There is a small cafe inside as well. Parking can be challenging. Highly recommend ...  read more »
  • Wow! While on stop over for a day in Seattle we looked this place up to get a few books for our long flight home. The store in a big loft has a chilled atmosphere. Staff was friendly and helpful.
  • First of all the aesthetic of the bookstore is stupendous, lots of wood inside with plenty of space to wander around and a large enough space that you can occasionally feel lost in the stacks. But what really makes this place amazing are 1) the conscientious, nuanced, and passionate book recommendations written by the staff and 2) the highlighting of important and relevant books. I saw this the most in the few displays that highlighted queer literature and queer sci/fi!!!! Representation is so important so thank you for taking the time to curate these displays (I might have tested up when I saw the queer sci/fi display)! If I lived in Seattle I would be here all of the time
  • I love independent bookstores. The character and warmth is so inviting. This one has lots of wood decor and charm. Oddfellows has a cafe in the back. I love hanging out reading and writing with a cup of coffee.
  • OK, so it lacks the charm of its previous location. But most of you reading this ate probably new to the area so don't even miss it. The books are still fabulous as are the staff picks.
  • Independent book store with a fantastic selection of literature, poetry, cook books, magazines, non fiction books of all genres. Lots of staff handwritten reviews on selected books, which makes it feel very personalized and homely. Seating area available as well as an adjoined cafe.
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