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Elliott Bay Book Company

Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Phone Number: (206) 624-6600
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Book It to Elliott Bay

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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 

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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 

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Louisville
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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.

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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 )

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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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Odenton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Bookstore was pretty decent. I've yet to find a bookstore to top Strand, though. This bookstore also has a bargain section, but it was sorely disappointing to me. They also didn't have a really good paraphernalia section. It was also extremely hot in there. Guess it's another one of those businesses that doesn't have AC (crazy!). It's still worth the... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Loved the layout of the place - picked one of the staff suggestions and I was very happy with my choice. I am always trying to encourage people to support local bookstores and I would certainly hope that Seattle residents continue to support this terrific bookstore.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I loved that this bookstore had a staff picks section where they actually explained why that book was included! It's got a cool vibe, and you can buy really gorgeous editions of some of the books. The cafe area in the back means you can hang out there for a few hours without even realizing it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

I spent hours here eating at the cafe and looking for books. As a science fiction fan, I was impressed with the selection. There are suggestion from staff and notes about award winners. If you love books, this is the place for you.

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