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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

Address: 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 800-447-9595 or 617-542-0210
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Ranked #14 of 82 Shopping in Boston
Type: Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000 used and out-of-print...
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Type: Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews 112 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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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52 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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