15 Independent Bookstores in Philadelphia – #fanfun
1. Penn Book Center
130 South 34th Street, University City
Wedged next to a Citizens Bank, Penn Book Center. It’s a split-level filled with tidy shelves with titles by local authors displayed prominently. They have a rewards program: $10 credit for every $100 spent.
2. Book Corner
311 North 20th Street, Art Museum
Paperbacks are priced between $1 and $2, and hardcovers ring in at a paltry $3. Operated by the Friends of the Free Library, the secondhand bookstore runs on donations
3. House of Our Own
3920 Spruce Street, University City
Look for the sign and milk crates full of books out front.
4. Head House
619 South 2nd Street, Queen Village
Head House hosts literary events and pulls book lovers from all over the city.
5. The Book Trader
7 North 2nd Street, Old City
A 40 year old book store with lots of books and vintage vinyl.
6. Garland of Letters Bookstore
527 South Street, Queen Village
A new age bookstore with classic religious and spiritual texts.
7. Port Richmond Books
3037 Richmond Street, Port Richmond
Housed in a former silent movie theater, this massive bookstore counts over 200,000 books in its collection.
8. Wellington Square Bookshop
549 Wellington Square, Exton
They have a weekly story time, multiple book clubs, an owner-hosted podcast called The Avid Reader, and a coffee bar.
31 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ
Less than a year old, Inkwood is helmed by former environmental attorney Julie Beddingfield and specializes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s books.
10. Brickbat Books
709 South 4th Street, Queen Village
The collection curated by owner Patrick Richardson Graham lacks mainstream books but offers artist monographs and rare editions.
11. Joseph Fox
1724 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse
Though the selection is carefully curated (ideal for those who feel overwhelmed by too many options), the Joseph Fox employees will special order anything you can’t find in-store, usually ready for pick-up within 72 hours.
12. Baldwin’s Book Barn
856 Lenape Road, West Chester
Stores 300,000 used and rare books? In a five-story 1822 dairy barn that’s so massive it warrants its own map, of course.
13. Farley’s Bookshop
44 South Main Street, New Hope
Farley’s Bookshop has amassed legions of devoted fans thanks to its commitment to all things indie, be it through local-author spotlights or the staggering selection of work by small presses and independent publishers.
14. Mostly Books
529 Bainbridge Street, Queen Village
50,000 books in a 5,000 square foot warehouse. You can swap your books and music for 35 percent their worth in store credit.
15. The Cloak & Dagger
349 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
An independent bookstore that stocks only mystery books.