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5 Amazing Indie Bookstores in Seattle

Heading to Seattle and looking for some literary fun? Here’s our list of five amazing indie bookstores to see while you’re there.


When in a new city, the first question that comes to mind for most literary folks is “Where’s the bookstore?” In Seattle, the question will shortly change to, “How many of these can I fit into my trip?”

From a few quick google searches, you will quickly find that there are so many independent bookstores in the area, and from a few more searches, you’ll learn that they’re all pretty great too.

After making the hike up to Seattle and visiting over 15 bookstores, I narrowed it down to my top 5 favorites. I was able to take some pretty dreamy photos that hardly do justice to how beautiful some of these stores are, but I hope they can at least persuade you to get up there and check out these places for yourself. 

1. Magus Books 

Magus Books, 1408 NE 42nd St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Just think of the most beautiful vine-covered building and then think of what could make it even better. Books, the answer is books and the reality of that combination is Magus Books. Located on a corner in the University District, this bookstore features a mixture of mostly rare and used books that they buy back from the community. This place feels worn in and well-loved and I loved every minute of being there. *Fun Fact – They recently celebrated their 40 year anniversary, so congratulate them when you go in.

2. The Elliott Bay Book Company