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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 #4 of 103 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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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
15 reviews 15 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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Georgetown, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Elliott Bay Book Co. is my kind of book store. It is located out of downtown on Cap. Hill and invites the browser inside to enjoy the delightful displays. Employees were helpful without being intrusive. The cafe serves teas and coffees, and the aroma of freshly baked goods is nearly impossible to resist. Select a book (or several) and enjoy... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

If, like me, you order most of your books from amazon and want to be reminded of what we're going to lose when the final bookstore closes, visit Elliott Bay. Great atmosphere, selection, lots of great books available at discount, and a comfy coffee section as well.

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Champaign, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

My husband and I own a used book shop and when we travel we try to visit the independent book shops in the area. They are sadly a dying industry and frequently we find the stores boarded up or now housing a Walmart or Target. Recently we visited Seattle and were happy to find several independent used book shops (Lamplight... More

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new york
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194 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Not easy to pull off in Amazon's hometown.. This is where authors visit and store staff write their recomendations for shoppers to consider A joy to visit Reinds me a bit of politics & prose in wash dc.......just more outdoor titles in this washington and fewer political ones

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Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

A True Seattle treasure. I've been going to this book store for years, I will say for a while I preferred to pay less and go to the big box bookstores, however, recently, I've needed a "real" bookstore with people who actually know about books, people who actually read books, dare I say even like books. So...off we went. The... More

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