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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

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Address: 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111
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+1 800-447-9595
09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30

The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000...

The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000 used and out-of-print books, magazines and more.

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I love this place! One of the oldest bookshops in the US. Some years ago I came across a great book from 1636, all original but a plate missing and pencil marks... $125. As an... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephen Wayne F... B
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87 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place! One of the oldest bookshops in the US. Some years ago I came across a great book from 1636, all original but a plate missing and pencil marks... $125. As an English visitor who was shopping there noted for me "Brattle doesn't hold books hostage!" I have shopped there many times since, saving lots of money... More 

Thank Stephen Wayne F... B
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Be sure to go to the third floor where the more rare and unique books are housed. Spend time browsing the shelves and think about your loved ones and what may work for them. It was worth the time and would highly recommend this!

Thank KAK4vb
Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

For book lovers, this is a must see when in Boston! There's a great selection of second hand books, organized by theme!

Thank Fernando S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

A must see for book lovers!! What is more unique than a bookstore in an alley?! It is easy to get to and conveniently located. A must see if you're in Boston.

1 Thank tristan p
Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was on my bucketlist and totally lived up to the hype. Quaint, amazing location and amazing classics at very good prices! They even have cheap ephemera inside and the people who work here are so kind and helpful! I can easily kill hours here. Highly recommend to go before it gets too cold or snowy to see the outdoor... More 

1 Thank Monica F
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

this bookshop also has an outdoor section as long and about as wide as the shop itself. there are thousands of books out here in the open and I don't think I saw one for more than $10. Inside many more thousands and thousands spread over three floors. The top floor contains their rare and antique section and where the... More 

Thank julie s
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

On day trip to city from UK and son had pre checked out interesting bookshops in town so we all trekked here. He loved it and we left him to spend time perusing. As a Eng Lit graduate he highly recommended the store with some great purchases. He found best stuff inside shops but we liked at outside and it... More 

Thank DrBuck567
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

I wish we could have spent a whole day here! I found a book here that I've been searching everywhere for months! Very reasonable prices, and just so many, many books!

Thank Jennifer E
Woodstock, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing bookstore and absolutely worth the stop for any book lover. There is an outdoor section, and 3 levels inside. They are all packed with some really old, amazing books - ranging from $5.00 to hundreds of dollars on up. I'll definitely go back sometime. It's an easy place to spend hours and hours in.

Thank Luv2Travel7723
Lombard, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I like books. Especially old books. And this is a great spot for them. They have a real lot of old books and they are not priced super high. This is a strong high review as I loved the place. It makes me want to go back to Boston to search their store some more. And on top of it... More 

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