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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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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over...

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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Went to Brattle books after breaking my kindle! Huge selection of books inside and racks of bargain books outside from 1 dollar. Really helpful staff too. Will be back

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chester, United Kingdom

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Chester, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Brattle books after breaking my kindle! Huge selection of books inside and racks of bargain books outside from 1 dollar. Really helpful staff too. Will be back

Thank CUB535
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Wonderful to be in a classic used, rare book and antiquarian bookshop. Found several volumes to add to my collection. Had the privilege of meeting owner who I have seen several times on Antique Roadshow!

Thank Pierre_Fou13
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Very nice secondhand book store: they have lots of bookcases outside to browse on a nice day. Prices range from 1 to 5 dollar and you can leave the books for a later pick up.

Thank Wub67
Ashbourne, Ireland
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

A visit to a good bookstore is like meeting a old friend, you don't know where the conversation will take you. Familiar aisles and shelves the welcoming handshake, and then chat starts as you walk along reviewing the titles. Not a friend for the latest gossip but rather stories some familiar and (pre) loved but some you've never heard before.... More 

Thank Mike D
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8 reviews
5 attraction 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.

Thank Yael K
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20 reviews
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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.

Thank Colleen S
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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.

Thank tristan p
Cambridge MA
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34 reviews
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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 

Thank Langdon+lLangdon
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 

Thank Linda D

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