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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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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Activities: Shopping
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Linda D
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Oakdale, Minnesota, United States

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Oakdale, Minnesota, United States
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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Des Moines, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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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Additional Information about Brattle Book Shop of Boston

Address: Address: 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111
Phone Number: 800-447-9595 or 617-542-0210
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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