Best of Philly

Best Bookstore

2017 BEST Independent Bookstore

Head House Books

This bibliophile paradise has earned its well-deserved hype: It boasts near-weekly author events, offers on-point book recommendations, and hosts ongoing writer workshops. The tightly edited collection of gifts is top-notch, too.

619 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-923-9525 | Website


2017 BEST Place to Find Pretentious Art Magazines

Avril 50

3406 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Around since the ’80s, this hole-in-the-wall purveyor of avant-garde art magazines, exotic cigars and loose tobacco was cool long before studied hipsters infiltrated the ’hood. Read more »

2016 BEST Indie Bookstore

Wellington Square Bookshop

549 Wellington Square, Exton, PA

Wedged in a generic shopping center, Wellington ticks off all our literary essentials: a coffee bar; squishy wingbacks; sympatico shopkeeps; used, new and rare books. (A signed first edition isn’t out of the question.) It also hosts book clubs and regular writing workshops. Read more »

2016 BEST Shop for Coffee-Table Books

Brickbat Books

709 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Patrick Richardson Graham stocks an eclectic collection of rare and unusual art books at his Fabric Row brick-and-mortar. Recent finds include a hardcover of Annie Leibovitz at Work signed by the famed photographer herself as well a crop of first editions — all of which deserve valuable coffee-table real estate. Read more »

2011 BEST Bookstore

Farley’s Bookshop

44 South Main Street, New Hope, PA

There’s no Starbucks at Farley’s, just maze-like aisles, shelves teeming with books, and quiet corners for reading. It’ll remind you why you loved books before they came with lattes. Read more »

2009 BEST Bookstore to Browse

Brickbat Books

709 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA

In the middle of Fabric Row sits this quaint treasure trove, a sort of anti-Borders where you probably won’t find the latest John Grisham but might just find a rare paperback edition of Lolita from 1959. Owner Patrick Richardson Graham’s succinct philosophy: “We carry stuff that we’re interested in, what we think is good and… Read more »