Exploring independent bookstores is one of my favorite things to do and that is especially true in New York. There is something so hygge (for lack of better words) about spending hours in a cozy shop, digging through books and discovering new things.
In honor of the start of fall at the end of this month, I'm going to be sharing strictly book-related content on the blog this week. Today, I'm excited to share my five favorite bookstores in New York and hope that you get the chance to visit them all!
I did have some gorgeous photos of some of these bookstores, but I unfortunately lost most of my photo archives when my previous MacBook died a few months ago. Luckily, there is so much beautiful photography that I was able to pull from Instagram.
It's a little cliche, but The Strand has to be my favorite bookstore in the city. There's no doubt that this is a New York institution, having opened in 1927 and containing eighteen miles of books. Start outside with the super cheap books on the sidewalk racks before heading inside to explore four enormous floors of books ranging from new and used to rare and out-of-print in every category you can imagine. In addition to books, you can find tons of cute tote bags, stationery and paper goods, and some art supplies.
Located in SoHo, Housing Works is a cozy little bookstore that always reminds me of something that would be in Harry Potter. There are string lights, spiral staircases, a beautiful selection of books, and a great little coffee bar in the back. The bookstore is staffed by volunteers and a portion of sales proceeds benefit individuals living with AIDS.
This bookstore in NoMad is unbelievably gorgeous. It has a very classic, elegant feel and specialize in books on photography, arts, fashion, and cooking. The store sometimes holds events, but I recommend stopping in anytime if only to take a photo in a beautiful location and pick up a new book for your coffee table.
This bookstore and reading room is located inside the French Embassy on the Upper East Side and features books by authors like Proust and Colette to foster French-American cultural exchange. When you visit Albertine, you feel as though you've been transported into Ravenclaw Tower at Hogwarts, as the ceiling is painted in blue and gold with stars, planets, and constellations. There's also a replica of Michelangelo's Young Archer in the lobby.
Three Lives and Company
Another cozy option, Three Lives and Company was founded in 1978 and is located in the charming West Village and has been frequented by writers such as Zadie Smith, Patti Smith, and the great Oliver Sacks. This is the perfect place to visit on a cozy fall day with a warm drink from Toby's Estate around the corner.
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