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NYC: 10 Most Unique Bookstores

Updated: Jul 3

In today's digital era, many people enjoy electronic reading. I much prefer physical books. NYC is full of unique bookstores with great selections of books and beautifully decorated interiors, each of which holds a special charm for me. Here is my list for 10 unique bookstores that any bookworm should visit when in NYC!



Albertine is one of the most stunning bookstores, not just in NYC but globally, is located in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy near Central Park. It's a perfect spot to visit after exploring the Met Museum. When you come to the second floor and look at the ceiling, you feel like you are in the center of the universe. While offering a mix of English and French titles, most are in French.

⚲: 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075

Three Lives & Company

"Three Lives is our living room, and a living place." Three Lives & Company, located on a Greenwich Village corner, is a cozy spot that makes you feel invited. It is an awesome place for you to discover some new titles or books about NYC. The staff here is super helpful and passionate about reading.

⚲: 154 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

Alabaster Bookshop

Going to Alabaster Bookshop always feels like a treasure hunt for me. This tiny bookstore is filled with books and rare finds. It's perfect for those who enjoy leisurely browsing through bookshelves in search of new, old, or exciting discoveries. The vintage ambiance makes you feel like traveling back in time to someone's home library.

⚲: 122 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Strand Book Store

Strand is one of the go-to destinations for book enthusiasts in NYC. The store is massive, brimming with an extensive selection of books and cute gifts. Even if you've already had books in mind, you will probably find many surprises along the way. It is challenging to walk out with empty hands from Strand. The bookstore has new, used, and rare books. You can often find some interesting titles on the shelves outside.

⚲: 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Drama Book Shop

The Drama Book Shop is an independent bookstore in Midtown Manhattan, steps away from many Broadway theaters. Here, you can find plays, musicals, screenplays, and books on the performing arts, and you can easily spend hours here. If you love theater or are a Broadway enthusiast, this bookstore is a must-visit.

⚲: 266 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Rizzoli Bookstore

Rizzoli Bookstore has a great selection of books on art, design, architecture, fashion, and literature. I also love the elegant ambiance here, with chandeliers and high ceilings. The well-organized shelves make it feel like a library. This was my go-to spot to look for interior design inspirations for my new home.

⚲: 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop is one of the oldest and largest bookstores in the world devoted exclusively to mystery, thriller and crime fiction. If you're a Sherlock fan, they have a huge wall dedicated entirely to Sherlock. The staff here is also very knowledgeable and passionate about books. They'll help you find books if you are looking for recommendations.

⚲: 58 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Argosy Bookstore

Argosy Bookstore is one of my personal favorites. It feels like a gorgeous European library full of rare books and autographs. It is hard to imagine that this peaceful and elegant bookstore is tucked away in the busiest area in Manhattan. Don't miss the second floor, which has beautiful maps and prints that are beautifully kept.

⚲:116 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

McNally Jackson Books

McNally Jackson Books has several NYC locations, each with a charming and welcoming environment. The massive bookshelves are also a signature in the stores. They all offer an extensive collection of new releases, bestsellers, classics, and indie titles across all genres. It is also a great place to find many cute stationary products.

⚲: Flagship Store: 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Sweet Pickle Books

Pickles and books together? What? Yes, this was my reaction when I walked past by this bookstore on the Lower East Side. Sweet Pickle Books is probably the most fun and unique bookstore in NYC. This quirky bookstore sells both used books and pickles. And do you know that you can bring in your used books to trade for pickles here in store?

⚲:47 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002


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