Strand Bookstore

Strand Bookstore

Bookstore and Used Bookstore
Greenwich Village, New York
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    The experts at The New Yorker and Time Out New York recommend this place
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    Washington Square Hotel
    "If you love books, you'll love Strand.... 18 miles of books!"(18 Tips)
    darnisha b.
    "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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  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CApril 15, 2015
    This place has got an amazing selection of books curated in the center isles. Check them out!
  • Nicole
    NicoleAugust 8, 2012
    Check out the $2 book section. If you look hard enough you can always find something interesting. You definitely won't leave without buying something.
  • travel42
    travel42August 3, 2011
    You can spend hours in this store and not know it: If you enter when it's sunny, it's likely to be dark when you exit. It's walking distance to some great cafes around Union Square.
  • Zahra A.heart icon on user image
    Zahra AOctober 24, 2018
    Could spend hours here! Great selection of books and super organized. Especially loved the button collection!
  • Kathryn P.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn PhillipsJuly 24, 2015
    One of the best bookstores I've ever been to. Amazing selection and the greatest staff. I can spend hours here.
  • katzenkeksheart icon on user image
    katzenkeksAugust 30, 2013
    For sure the best book shop in the world. You simply can't leave without at least one new book. (I bought 5.)
  • Brendan S.heart icon on user image
    Brendan SullivanJune 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent math section downstairs, albeit relatively small given the store's size. Look here to round out your math bookshelf by scoring some great used finds for cheap.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaApril 24, 2013
    Crazy number of book used new and out of print. It's one of a kind. Browse the aisles which are not like your typically big box store.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 22, 2014
    Long live the bookworm. We dare you to name a book that's not in their 18-mile long selection. Don't forget to "bookmark" Strand on Wyngspan: http://bit.ly/1eBcs01
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersNovember 25, 2015
    “18 miles of books. My goal in life is to read them all.” - Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker Read more
  • Felix S.heart icon on user image
    Felix SargentFebruary 14, 2015
    Books everywhere. Don't be afraid to talk to the wonderful people who work here for a book recommendation.
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Michael FilJuly 14, 2017
    Forget Amazon. Excellent selection with friendly service.
  • Paco M.heart icon on user image
    Paco MD FACSAugust 13, 2015
    You can find anything here. Besides the crowd and staff are amazing too
  • Julia L.heart icon on user image
    Julia LuAugust 15, 2018
    You can find any book you’ve ever wanted here! Also a great place to go gift shopping.
  • Asteris M.heart icon on user image
    Asteris MasourasDecember 19, 2015
    The scifi section is literally ceiling-high, and the store is enormous. A must visit for bookworms.
  • Alexander K.heart icon on user image
    Alexander KostOctober 6, 2017
    The range of books is so wide it's unbelievable!
  • Ren W.heart icon on user image
    Ren WAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge selections on art. Although some of them mistakenly say out of print or more expensive than new books.
  • Jay S.heart icon on user image
    Jay ShawMarch 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If the book you're looking for is featured on one of the front display tables, chances are there are cheaper copies of it on the shelf. Also- Look for Turkish banana taffy when checking out.
  • Zazéon
    ZazéonMay 16, 2012
    One could spend days perusing the shelves of this building, a holiday for any day. Simply put, awesome. Tip: expand foreign lang. section.
  • Sophie O.heart icon on user image
    Sophie OmnomAugust 11, 2016
    Excellent bookstore whether you know what book you want, or are just browsing for a *novel* recommendation
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LeighAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    2nd Floor bathrooms (which bookend the Children's Books help desk) are generally low-wait and high-cleanliness, which is an oasis in the Union Square area.
  • Nathanheart icon on user image
    NathanJuly 18, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    One of my favorite bookstores in the world. Come here and get lost for hours.
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 23, 2015
    Soooo many cheap books. I could easily spend days here. I'm also convinced that the smartest and coolest people in Manhattan work here.
  • Anthony W.heart icon on user image
    Anthony WindramJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for book browsing and for people watching. My favorite place to while away a free afternoon.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BrittMay 23, 2015
    Great for broke teens with little allowance money!!!! Saturdays outside they sell books for as little for $1.50!!!!!!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 5, 2011
    18 miles of books distributed among several floors. If you're passionate about books, you must visit this bookstore where you'll find new books and second hand books for a good price. Read more
  • Jade S.heart icon on user image
    Jade StevensonDecember 29, 2018
    Great place for bookworms I highly recommend buying poetry here!
  • Trever P.heart icon on user image
    Trever PolakAugust 9, 2014
    One of the oldest independent bookstores in Manhattan. If you love books and live in New York, you've probably been here.
  • Raphael L.heart icon on user image
    Raphael LangenscheidtNovember 17, 2015
    Everyone's experience - customer: 'this is far fetched but do you have French children's books?' - clerk: 'of course! let me show you!' - then walk to entire WALL of French children's books.
  • David T.heart icon on user image
    David TrudoMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Find the next book you didn't know you needed. Lose a few hours in the stacks. Relax and escape the hustle and bustle.
  • Sara J.heart icon on user image
    Sara JordanSeptember 14, 2014
    Crazy large selection of books! A lot to browse through. Fun tote bags and goodies. Always busy!
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina SánchezOctober 16, 2016
    They have a large collection of graphic novels. Very good to buy second-hand books and gifts.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    The legendary bookstore and seller is known for boasting over eight miles of books, but its lecture series are not to be missed.
  • Dunja
    DunjaFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 and 50 cent books outside, you can find some real gems if you dig deep enough.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    Is there anything better than books and New York City? Not really. What a classic book store. You feel like you're in a famous movie when you're inside checking things out.
  • Jag F.heart icon on user image
    Jag FirerwalkerMarch 11, 2017
    Boooooks, which you should read. The amount of great books herw will showcase that you should read more.
  • Isa S.heart icon on user image
    Isa SierraFebruary 20, 2018
    A true New York institution. You’ll find every book under the sun.
  • Allison Y.heart icon on user image
    Allison YoungMay 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't leave NYC without a visit to the Strand! They always have such an amazing selection of completely random medical books about infectious diseases -- be still, my heart!
  • Markus T.heart icon on user image
    Markus TarjamoDecember 8, 2015
    Local landmark bookshop. Very old, very warm feeling. Great deals on books here!
  • hania a.heart icon on user image
    hania albraikanMay 30, 2016
    You can find what ever book u look for for a good price even the rare one !
  • Howcast
    HowcastSeptember 23, 2011
    Whether you're picking up a book for class or trying to impress a crush, a bad book is a bad book...check out this video on how to finish a book you hate but have to finish...http://ow.ly/6CZHC
  • Recover Reputation, Online Management G.
    Ah, the Strand survives after all these years. Did you know around the store was a mini-used book district twenty or thirty years ago?
  • Alyssa A.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa AndersonSeptember 11, 2015
    You could live here. So many books!!! Staff is so nice and you can always find a book.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 15, 2016
    A NYC staple. Worth checking out for the experience more than actual book shopping.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 14, 2014
    Massive and super cool bookstore well worth a visit. Lots of fun merchandise too.
  • Roberta S.heart icon on user image
    Roberta SantiagoMarch 26, 2018
    This place is amazing! A paradise for books lovers!
  • Brian G.heart icon on user image
    Brian Grogan Jr.January 2, 2016
    Great variety of cheap books, and cool tote bags, t-shirts, and hoodies
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhDecember 29, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    They have plenty of great book specials outside! You could find $1 books!
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengJuly 3, 2018
    Such a cool bookstore. Didn’t realize there was an underground floor or two more floors above at first! Check it out
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PatrickNovember 17, 2015
    Excellent place for gifts for all occasions. Including a 'treat yo self" gift occasion.
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