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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

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Address: 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111
Phone Number: 800-447-9595 or 617-542-0210
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Description: The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000...
The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000 used and out-of-print books, magazines and more.
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Bibliophile's heaven

My daughter and I visited this store because we found it listed as one of 42 bookstores every book lover must visit. We were not disappointed. What a treasure trove of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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English first
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My daughter and I visited this store because we found it listed as one of 42 bookstores every book lover must visit. We were not disappointed. What a treasure trove of publications, both current and from decades past. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the outdoor racks of bargain books, finding several gems. But the highlight was visiting the top floor where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Wonderful, well stocked bookstore, where you can spend many happy hours. I bought several hard to find titles. I recommend it to those who love books. The staff were very helpful too. Outside they have a large variety of good quality bargains.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

More expensive then I expected. Nice to browse. Wasn't able to see the entire outdoor alley books due to the rain.

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gilbert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I absolutely loved this book store. Where else will find an outdoor back alley bookstore?? The book sales were amazing. I picked random books just to read. It is really easy to find and right off of a subway exit.

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Cambridge MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Each aisle of this used book store has a sign to indicate categories: Art & Architecture are especially well-stocked. A feast of cookbooks. Regiments of Military. Encompassing volumes of History and Travel. Fiction for every wish. Part of the enjoyment of a used book store is the treasure hunt aspect. I've discovered many books because they were mis-shelved. This is... More 

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Oakdale, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

If you are a book or map hound... Don't miss this! Great little spot in place for many years. Full of older, used finds and newer items as well. Allow lots of time for browsing. Store is somewhat organized by topic and country but you will need to dig. Owners are great resources. Potential for finding a great collector piece... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I went straight to Brattle from the airport when I landed in Boston. What a perfect stop! It was so much fun to peruse the books inside and out. The staff members were congenial and didn't hover while you loitered. Great finds, and even more fun while you hunt for them.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

But good luck finding what you're looking for. Some sections aren't organized at all, and others appear to be but will still have random titles or authors out of place. I was hoping for an experience more like Powell's in Portland, Oregon, but instead found a difficult to navigate store, seemingly without what I was looking for. That's not to... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This book shop had a broad selection of books. We managed to find an english translation of some of Henrik Ibsen's works, beautifully bound. We also found quite a few interesting science books.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We recently spent a week in Boston and this book shop was on my list of must-see places. My husband and I spent about two hours there, and left with two large bags of books. Shelf after shelf and stack after stack of great books to look through, and many, many shelves outside in the lot beside the shop. My... More 

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