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Elliott Bay Book Company

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Address: 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Phone Number: (206) 624-6600
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

This book store is popular among caffeine-addicted Seattleites for its...

This book store is popular among caffeine-addicted Seattleites for its in-store coffee shop.

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Great Bookstore

We love visiting non chain bookstores and was excited to visit Elliot Bay. This place does not disappoint. The place has a great feel and extensive book selection. In addition... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert C
Stafford, Virginia

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Stafford, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love visiting non chain bookstores and was excited to visit Elliot Bay. This place does not disappoint. The place has a great feel and extensive book selection. In addition, the adjacent coffeehouse has amazing cappuccinos and mochas. We only planed to spend a little time here but between book browsing, coffee drinking, and chatting we found ourselves here for... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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306 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their not so no location on Capitol Hill is great. Excellent location. Great selection of books. Very helpful staff. Really enjoy every visit. Highly recommended!

Thank Alec D
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Better than Powell's Books by far! I loved the atmosphere in here. Easy to find what you're looking for. Very cool.

Thank Jessica F
Charlotte, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

No matter where I go I have to visit a local (non-chain) bookstore. To me it helps you get to a city's heart. Elliott Bay Book Co took almost no searching, because EVERYONE raves about it. Nestled on Capitol Hill, it's a lovely, homey place. I was able to find a signed first edition of a novelist I was eager... More 

Thank ecuscribe
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A trip to Settle isn't complete for me without a stop at Elliott Bay. This bookstore is a joy and comfort. Nothing makes me happier than reading the staff notes on a book from an author I've never of. Well-written, unusual choices, pick your favorite genre & browse away. Buy lots of volumes and ship your purchases home - shipping... More 

1 Thank pookala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a tourist attraction if you are a bibliophil! Two floors of wooden magic! The building is gorgeous!! There is a castle in the children's section for pretend play or reading. Really good section of music related books as well a large of horror titles. The building shares a wall with Oddfellows in case you get thirsty/hungry during your... More 

1 Thank Angelica M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great store chock-full of titles. I had to agree with 98% of the staff's recommendations so felt an immediate affinity with the place! Good places to settle in for a read, plus greeting cards and other bibliophile goodies. BUT when the weather is hot this place is downright oppressive, especially upstairs. Small price to pay for having so much fun.

2 Thank field716
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is the best book store I've ever been to. While I love the space, etc. what I love best is the selection of books combined with the terrific notes and reviews by a variety of their staff. I often choose books just based on these notes and a quick chapter read. So far, I've always found great new books.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I tend to search for independent bookstores when I visit a new city. Elliott Bay Books hits the mark nicely. Decent selection, places to sit...but no public bathrooms or cafe (undergoing renovation apparently )

Thank Jenny W
austin, tx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Where can you easily spend several hours and not have access to a bathroom? Elliott Bay Book Company! Never in my life have I been in such a large Bookshop that didn't have this courtesy for customers. That said, if you cannot find something to read here, you aren't trying. A large and varied selection, well or vanished, and of... More 

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