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Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
(206) 624-6600
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Ranked #2 of 106 Shopping in Seattle
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
Description: This book store is popular among caffeine-addicted Seattleites for its in-store coffee shop.
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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

--Wide selection of interesting books, including many shelves featuring local authors and books of regional interest --Coffee in the back, not in the center of it all --Restrooms, available without guilt --Friendly and helpful staff If only we had a place like this in New York.

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A wide-ranging selection of books covering all genres and age-groups. It is a bookstore to browse in where it is possible to locate the Complete Poems of Elizabeth Bishop as well as the latest Harry Potter. Perhaps this is one of the last of a dying breed. They are becoming scarce in the UK

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It's not just a bookstore, it's an experience. Love the space where they moved up on Capitol Hill. I was were a bit shocked not to find them at old location in Pioneer Square where I first went when I lived in Seattle on the 1980s. But this is a happening space and neighborhood; just the right amount of seediness... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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369 reviews 369 reviews
117 attraction reviews
403 helpful votes 403 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I was devastated when Elliott Bay Book Company left its long-time Pioneer Square location four years ago and moved to Capitol Hill. Its funky layout and old-book-lined basement cafe in the former space contributed greatly to its special charm. And though I still miss that ambiance, I remain a huge fan of this independent, family-owned bookstore. The staff members are... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Lovely book store with everything you'd find at the big chain book stores and MORE! I loved the personal touches with hand written tags describing/recommending books! They have a cafe, too. Wish we had a book store like this in FL!

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is a large book store with huge variety. I really liked that there were staff reviews of books all over the place. Also, the cafe at the back was great for lunch.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We discovered this bookstore in its previous incarnation in Pioneer Square where we embraced it's seemingly endless shelves and corners, yielding fresh treasures. That locale featured seating seemingly at every turn a reader could want, and a large café in the basement when refreshment was necessary. Its closure was a sad passage but we greeted its relocation in Capitol Hill... More

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stumbled upon Elliott Bay Book Company during our stay in Capital Hill. Not only is their book selection excellent, they also have a great little cafe to get a cup of coffee and a snack. I loved the staff reviews on many of the books throughout the store!

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new mexico
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

What a fabulous old-school book store! Wood floors, stacks and stacks of books, helpful sales people, a wonderful selection of reading material and all in a congenial atmosphere. It's not downtown if you are a tourist, but it's worth the 20ish minute walk up the hill into the Capitol Hill neighborhood. There are also buses that run frequently if you... More

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Sydney, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This book store gives the impression of a big old fashioned bookstore with little reading nooks, small hand written notes of recommendations and the whirling of fan on a really hot day ( yes it was such a day in Seattle!). Such a wonderful selection of all genre of books. There is free wi-fi in the little cafe...I like that... More

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