Best Bookstores to Visit in Brooklyn

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day at these beautiful bookstores in Brooklyn and Queens. Find the one that matches your style and genre preferences, and pick up a good read today.

Spoonbill & Sugartown

This delicate hole-in-the-wall bookstore in Williamsburg offers a wide array of genres, from religion and spirituality to award-winning fiction, graphic design, and children’s books. Filled entirely of wooden tables and shelves, Spoonbill and Sugartown feels like your grandfather’s infinite attic or study you can spend hours exploring despite its small size. The jazzy, calm tunes in the background drown out the sound of the streets. You’ll want to settle down with one of their beautifully displayed art monographs or a used book with an original cover.

Staff Recommendation: “I Didn’t Talk” by Beatriz Bracher
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Regular Visitors

Regular Visitors is not a regular bookstore. Located on the corner of Smith and Bergen, this trendy semi-cafe, semi-newspaper stand specializes in art books, magazines, and collections of poetry and essays. You can also find upscale housewares such as soaps, spices, and home decor. Their strict black and white aesthetic, matcha lattes, and blues jams will make you feel like you’re in an Instagram post.

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Books Are Magic

Prepared to be wowed by the books and the design of this beautiful brownstone bookstore. The painted pastel walls, ceiling-to-floor displays of books, and roomy seating areas make this bookstore a must-go bookstore in Brooklyn. Arranged by genres such as fiction, cooking, art and design, sports, and psychology, the bookstore is easy to navigate, even for children who have their own corner of picture books. As a bonus, authors frequent the store during the weekends for “story time” and leave signed hardcover books.

Staff Recommendation: “The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind” by Barbara Lipska
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Topos

In addition to great books, Topos has all kinds of coffee, loose-leaf tea, and baked goods with vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy milk options. Take a seat at the cafe bar or in the outside patio to enjoy your book or to get through an assignment (there’s free WiFi!). The big windows let in lots of natural lighting, which complements the plant accents and painted bookshelves inside the bookstore. Topos also buys and trades used books and has bargain sales on poetry, old-school sci-fi, and miscellaneous books.

Staff Recommendation: “The Argonauts” by Maggie Nelson

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