The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

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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. Arrange to visit The Elliott Bay Book Company and other attractions in Seattle using our Seattle journey app .
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  • This large, open bookstore in Capital Hill is well laid out, and has numerous sections including a selection of magazines and small gifts, a bargain section, and a cafĂ©. A great place to browse with a...  more »
  • Interesting find in Capital Hill area. Friendly staff and we'll organized extensive collection. Will be back to this gem.  more »
  • It isn't the Mecca known as Powells in Portland - but it's pretty damn close. They have a small version of odd-fellows cafe, a great selection of books with lots of seating, and a great selection of l...  more »
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  • Awesome bookstore hidden in southern Capitol Hill area. Close to Starbucks Reserve. Has the cutest Cafe towards the back of the shop. Employee notes are attached to book to guide you to your next great read! So cozy yet such a great selection of books!
  • There are notes describing or recommending books throughout the store and the layout is very open and welcoming. I frequent this bookstore and when I am looking for a book for someone else, I am able to talk to the staff and list a few authors then get a good recommendation that follows suit of my described book preferences. I never leave this store empty handed and its easily my favorite bookstore in the Seattle area.
  • Thought-provoking and unique reading selections for a world that is becoming bookless... I was so upset when Elliott Bay left its downtown location that I must confess it took me awhile to come into their new location on Capitol Hill, just one block east of Broadway. It's a lovely store - light, with great recommendations, knowledgeable staff and the ever popular cafe. Evidence that Seattle was once a city filled with great independent bookstores...sigh.
  • Unique book store that has an antique feel with a modern day vibe. Can definitely feel the Capital Hill culture here. Upstairs and downstairs with a cafe inside. Staff are very helpful and prices are fairly low compared to most retail chains. The best part.are the staff recommendations. Good to see what others have thought about it before reaching up to grab it off the shelf
  • A near perfect bookstore. It's spacious, has good lighting, and perfumed by the smell of roasting coffee. The displays are clean and the fun notes from the employees are enjoyable to read.

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