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Bookstores in New York, NY

Check out our picks for some of the best bookstores in New York. Whether you’re looking to get your mystery, feminist, or worldly picks, these shops have you covered.
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Idlewild Books

Some of us dream of weekend getaways to Paris while others are planning for that long awaited vacation to Barcelona-no matter your situation, make sure you visit Manhattan’s Idlewild Books before hopping on a plane. This mezzanine-level glass space, which alone offers breathtaking views of picturesque downtown Manhattan, is the city’s leading bookstore for travel and world literature-all organized by country. Relax on chairs from the original Idlewild Airport and explore everything you ever wanted to know about any country.

Kitchen Arts & Letters

Can your pasta make Italians leave their native country just for a taste or does trying to scramble eggs for dinner means you’ll be ordering takeout again? No matter how amazing or terrible your cooking skills may be, you can brush up on your skills at Manhattan’s Kitchen Arts & Letters where your cravings will be satisfied. Kitchen Arts & Letters, the largest bookstore in the United States dedicated to all things food, offers 13,000 titles from around the world. It’s no wonder chefs frequently stop by this massive library just to discover new and little known recipes on their favorite dishes. Maybe you’ll finally learn a thing or two beyond pouring milk on cereal.


Bluestockings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is more than a literary haven for New Yorkers seeking books on everything from feminism to queer studies. This welcoming activist center is also a cozy fair trade café that offers some of the yummiest vegan cookies in town. Of course, Bluestockings is famous for carrying over 6,000 titles, all meant to empower readers and encourage them to take a stand for a cause that truly matters to them. Whether you’re seeking new books or zines on policing, capitalism, or even menstruation, chances are Bluestockings will have it in stock or one of their friendly reps will order a copy and contact you once it’s available.

Books of Wonder

There’s a reason why families love visiting Manhattan’s Books of Wonder and it’s not just because the entrance always smells like freshly baked cupcakes. Yes, New Yorkers can satisfy their cravings for frosting, but New York City’s oldest and largest independent children’s bookstore is a feast for bookworms. Books of Wonder has it all for infants, toddlers, and even teens. Books of Wonder even features their world famous Oz section, which will make guests feel as if they’re indeed walking down the yellow brick road. And when you’re not seeking new books to read right this second, you and the entire family can attend book readings where hands-on activities are in order. It’s no wonder children can’t wait for bedtime after one visit to Books of Wonder.

McNally Jackson Books

Spacious, airy, and filled with literary possibilities -- what more could a book lover ask for? McNally Jackson in Manhattan’s fashionable Nolita neighborhood is often hailed as one of the best bookstores in New York City and it’s easy to see why. It’s wide enough for anyone to kick back and read for hours. Even if you don’t know what you’re looking for, McNally Jackson’s super friendly staff will guide you in picking out new books that are certain to be instant favorites, ranging in everything from the arts to graphic novels. McNally Jackson’s magazine section also features numerous periodicals and zines on various subjects from around the world.