Best of Philly

Best Bookstore

2017 Best Bookstore to Browse

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 Avril 50

Avril 50

3406 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 Brickbat Books

Brickbat Books

709 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2016 Best Wellington Square Bookshop

Wellington Square Bookshop

549 Wellington Square, Exton, PA Website

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. […] Read more »

2011 Best Farley’s Bookshop

Farley’s Bookshop

44 South Main Street, New Hope, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best Brickbat Books

Brickbat Books

709 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »