There’s something magical about entering a bookshop. The smell of new and used books, the immediate calm you feel as soon as the door clicks behind you, the thrill of opportunity — which book will I leave with? Philadelphia is home to countless bookstores, each with their own personality. Check out these 11 bookstores by neighborhood and support local businesses in the process.
each tile is linked to the book stores location & store
Located in Fishtown, Harriet’s Bookshop is named after Harriet Tubman. Its mission is to highlight women authors, artists, and activists. 258 E. Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125. They also just opened up an amazing outdoor book garden!
Hakim’s was first opened in West Philly in 1959. It has now since been revitalized by Hakim’s daughter and specializes in African American books, history, and authors. 210 S 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
TreeHouse Books is more than a bookstore. It’s also a giving library and literary center whose mission is to make sure all children in Philadelphia have access to books. Located in North Philadelphia at 1430 W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
This bookstore is a hidden gem between Queen Village and Society Hill with multiple rooms of mostly used books to peruse. They also have a large selection of VHS tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, and more. 529 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Maggie Blehar is a Philadelphia based writer/educator with a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Education. She has been plant-based since 2011 and is always in search of ethical companies to support. She loves traveling, walking her dog, painting, meditation, working for social justice, digging deeper into her zodiac sign, and exploring the Philly vegan scene with friends. Some of her favorite organizations are: Don’t Eat the Homies, Farm Sanctuary, CHNGE, Gentle Barn, and the Equal Justice Initiative. You can find out more about her at www.maggieblehar.com.