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Strand Bookstore

Strand Bookstore

Bookstore and Used Bookstore
Greenwich Village, New York
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    "If you love books, you'll love Strand.... 18 miles of books!"(18 Tips)
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    "Amazing place if you're a book lover."(14 Tips)
    Alexander L.
    "Worth it for the rare books section alone."(26 Tips)
    Youssof M.
    "An amazing bookstore with wide selection of used books."(17 Tips)
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  • Sheart icon on user image
    SSeptember 19, 2014
    Goodness, the sheer number of books inside is intoxicating. Go peer at rare books on the top floor; browse the endless shelves; pick up some bargains and pick up The Strand's memorabilia. Awesome.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    Huge and dizzying. Not necessarily the best. Gothamist says, "Yes, its fame as a totebag emporium is well-known, but its prices and selection are seldom beat." Read more
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    Margot MazurDecember 10, 2014
    One of my favorite places in the city. I always find books I cant live without. Look for the Chomsky section right as you come downstairs.
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    B&H Photo VideoJanuary 16, 2012
    The book store with miles and miles of books is always filled with fun, friendly and interesting people. Head to the second floor's photography section and get lost in a good book.
  • Christina L.heart icon on user image
    A great bookstore, IF you don’t have a stroller. It’s hard work to manoeuvre a stroller in a store that has book cabinets placed absolutely everywhere.
  • José R.
    José RiosAugust 17, 2014
    This place is filled with history and the prices are amazing. Downstairs, you can find bargains, and dont forget to check the $1 book stands.
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    LaylaOctober 20, 2019
    Huge collection of books, but more importantly, the 2$ handed down books of really good quality, often recent bestsellers as well!
  • California Bakery
    California BakeryOctober 3, 2012
    Libreria fornitissima, famosa anche per i suoi gadget sempre originali e creativi | A must-see for booklovers, the bookstore is famous also for its creative and original gadgets
  • Anonymous, s.heart icon on user image
    Anonymous, since 2018December 22, 2019
    Massive book store, with all types: new, old, foreign languages, and all genres. If you still believe in physical books, totally worth the stopover.
  • Trever P.heart icon on user image
    Trever PolakAugust 13, 2014
    You can trade in books, but the criteria for them to buy is a high bar. There's also a trade kiosk on the corner of 60th Street and 5th Avenue.
  • Sherry J.heart icon on user image
    Sherry JuMay 20, 2016
    Must visit while you are in town! They have amazing collections of books on New York as well.
  • Julia B.
    Julia BottlesJune 10, 2012
    Give yourself plenty of time to wander around. You might find something you didn't know you wanted. Also the best place for affordable art, interior design and fashion books.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    In the age of convenient online retail shops, there is something that cannot be matched in the experience of walking out of a great bookshop with an armful of ready to satisfy books. Read more
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerFebruary 15, 2011
    Books-by-the-Foot service provides ready-made libraries. “Bargain books,” a random selection of hardbacks, is the cheapest, at ten dollars a foot. For thirty dollars, clients can customize the color. Read more
  • Lloyd G.heart icon on user image
    Lloyd GApril 9, 2015
    Fantastic selection of books, magazines, and gifts. Definitely worth a visit - be sure to grab a good read and hang out in the stacks!
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    TeresaAugust 19, 2014
    Look for the used versions of books for a great bargain in surprisingly good condition. A place for book lovers to get lost for hours.
  • Shelly Z.heart icon on user image
    Shelly ZordichJune 29, 2016
    Believe the hype. Go and just breathe in the smell, then be amazed at their rare book collection.
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    Roy TuccilloJune 28, 2018
    Wonderful Strand Bookstore. If you want a lot of specific stuff, then this place is very good for you. Visit https://www.levo.com/roy-tuccillo
  • Lori M.
    Lori MichelleFebruary 1, 2014
    one of my favorite bookstores in New York City. Hands-down the assortment and the amount is overwhelming, but you can really find anything here.
  • Vicky S.heart icon on user image
    Vicky SunApril 2, 2015
    The best possible bookstore to get lost in. Take your time hunting through the shelves outside as well as the many floors inside.
  • Jesse V.heart icon on user image
    Jesse Van Der MeijFebruary 2, 2015
    Nice and relatively inexpensive book collection in this amazing bookstore near Union square. Definitely recommended for book addicts.
  • Youssof M.heart icon on user image
    Youssof MalNovember 16, 2018
    An amazing bookstore with wide selection of used books. Plan your visit wisely, you may end up spending hours here.
  • Nicholas B.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Where the motto is “18 Miles of Books,” and where new and used books are packed into every cranny over three levels, is worth the price of your airfare.
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    Sara 🌈⚔🍾November 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A New York institution! Great deals on new and used books. Make sure to check out the discount racks outside.
  • Natasha O.heart icon on user image
    Natasha OgrodnikNovember 8, 2014
    This is my favourite book store ever. I wish they had one in Montreal. Or suddenly, for no reason whatsoever, moved this one here. Amazing prices and sooo many books I could spend the whole day there.
  • Oz L.heart icon on user image
    Oz LublingAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A treasure trove of photo and art books upstairs. Also a pretty comprehensive kids section in the back of the second floor.
  • Karl B.heart icon on user image
    Karl BergerOctober 28, 2019
    The Strand is a huge, world-class bookstore with a wide and well-organized selection of new and used books.
  • Joey T.heart icon on user image
    Joey TMarch 20, 2016
    Great book selection, cute bags, but don't forget to ask for Gizzy, the in-house pup/littlest book seller!
  • Abigail R.
    Abigail R.May 29, 2013
    Paradise on Earth! I just love this bookstore! Everything from bestsellers to practically unknown titles is here. It is a booklover's paradise!
  • Kaitlin H.
    Kaitlin HarrisDecember 14, 2011
    A gem of a bookstore, remnant of times past. No music is played overhead -- it is just you, and rows and rows and stacks and stacks of books. A magical place indeed!
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    DianaMay 2, 2016
    Fabulous selection of fashion books, children's books and books in general.
  • Trebla O.heart icon on user image
    Trebla OsubaMarch 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great deals on books. You can find old books and out of print books. Half-price paperbacks on select titles at the basement.
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    Gabriele 肉April 1, 2015
    If you are a tourist you have to visit this place! Very old bookstore, sells everything, from $1 used books to 4 floors of new ones.
  • Kevin R.heart icon on user image
    Kevin RickertJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bookstores if not THE best in New York City. If you're into reading, this is a must visit.
  • Marilyn R.heart icon on user image
    Marilyn RosaFebruary 27, 2017
    They have a big variety of books but sometimes if popular the book will be out of stock. Very busy bookstore but worth the visit.
  • Zee P.heart icon on user image
    Zee PCDecember 17, 2014
    In a hurry? Love books? Do yourself a favor, and don't even think about coming in! The scent of delicious books will seduce your literary senses! Don't say I didn't warn you!
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayOctober 17, 2012
    Into art? This is your place! Great selection of art books with a staff to match.
  • Sabrina W.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina WangDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    one of my fav place. though a little crowded during holiday seasons full of tourists.
  • Yenny C.
    Yenny CollAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always check out the "Banned Books" table. You'll be amazed at what you learn and may even find some of your favorite books laying around! #IReadBannedBooks
  • Sydney R.heart icon on user image
    Sydney RappisFebruary 27, 2015
    Must visit if you're in the area, very crowded on weekends but the third floor rare books level is really cool!
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    LorenDecember 24, 2015
    The line moves faster than it looks even at peak holiday, and a book in one of their signature totes is a can't-fail gift option.
  • Eunice K.
    Eunice KimSeptember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get the chance, go to the rare book floor and touch some old things. Bathroom on the 3rd floor is on my list of relatively clean public restrooms in New York City.
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    msMarch 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my happy place. Browse the staff picks and the skillfully curated tables in front, but always check for a cheaper used edition in the back or downstairs!
  • Chris N.heart icon on user image
    Chris NatoliSeptember 15, 2014
    The poli sci / philosophy / social science section downstairs is one of the best in the city. They have some decent sales upstairs too.
  • Alan-Arthur A.heart icon on user image
    Alan-Arthur AureliaDecember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A NYC original. Great place to buy books. It's always cheaper than Barnes & Noble and you can get out of print and first edition books.
  • SPIN
    SPINJuly 19, 2011
    This is Cults' favorite bookstore in the city! Guitarist Brian Oblivion says, "you can get every single book here" and singer Madeline Follin adds, "and it smells great!"
  • Jessica N.
    Jessica NgMay 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A great bookstore unique to NYC and a fun place to bring out-of-state friends when they're visiting.
  • Samuel H.heart icon on user image
    Samuel HowardAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The selection of books outside seems to have improved lately. More deals than in the recent past. Look for the "cheaper than the ebook" table inside.
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    My favorite book store, if you’re into that sort of thing. Tons of stuff and good recommendations.
  • Kathleen V.
    Kathleen VargasJune 14, 2015
    If you love books you would love this place but just gets overwhelming of the huge selection they have!!
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