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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

Boston, MA (Downtown)
800-447-9595 or 617-542-0210
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Ranked #9 of 76 shopping in Boston
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Minnesota
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My wife is more of a bookie than I, but this place was worth stopping. Its an old school book store with some high dollar books and some $3 bargains. We came home with some books from the 50's and 60's for our niece and nephew.....swing in

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New Haven, Connecticut
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I came here partially because I love used book stores, and partially because I'm looking for a particular used book. The staff was friendly and they seemed to offer a variety that could appeal to everyone. The major problem I had was that each shelf was stacked two rows deep. The hidden row was still organized in line with the... More

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Calais, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you are into old books or rare books or just into books, this is the place to find them. All books are reasonable priced and just browsing is an experience all by itself.

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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

As antiquarian book collectors from the UK (and so spoilt with quality secondhand bookshops), we found Boston pretty good. This was the best though - large stock, reasonable prices, some good quality in the outside bargain sections and great to browse. We picked up a bunch of books from $3 to $30 each, from 19th century to recent paperbacks, and... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

What more can I say than is in the review title? The best selection of books on New England (particularly Mass.) that I have ever seen.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I love "used book" stores. The Strand book shop is one of my favorite places in NYC. Now the Brattle Book Shop is one of my favorite places in Boston. No bells or whistles, no coffee shop. Just several floors chock full of old books, some rare, exquisitely fashioned and expensive; some on the $5 shelf broken in and charming.... More

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Clermont, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
52 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Maybe if I had never visited "The Strand" in NYC or Haslam's in St.Petersburg and had their vast selection to compare it to, this would have earned a higher rating but, the thing is, I did. And so, no, unlike the other reviewers this used bookstore will not merit a second visit for me...

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Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a wonderful store! They have plenty of books in the store, but also have a section outside of books that are $1, $3, or $5. I've found some incredible books there. If you love books, you have to check this place out.

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012 via mobile

Made a trip to Brattle Book Shop after hearing about it and was not disappointed. This is the place to go if you like browsing and discovering old books and hidden gems at your leisure.

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