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  • 1. Elliott Bay Book Company

    Capitol Hill | Books/Stationery

    A major reason to visit this landmark bookstore—formerly a longtime haunt in Pioneer Square, hence the name—is the great selection of Pacific...Read More

  • 2. Peter Miller Architectural & Design Books and Supplies

    Belltown | Books/Stationery

    Aesthetes and architects haunt this shop, which is stocked floor to ceiling with all things design. Rare, international architecture, art, and...Read More

  • 3. Arundel Books

    Pioneer Square | Books/Stationery

    Since 1984, this bastion of bibliophilia has offered new, used, and collectible titles to discerning shoppers. Its shelves are especially strong...Read More

  • 4. Kinokuniya Book Stores of America

    International District | Books/Stationery

    Japanamaniacs, get thee to this Tokyo-based chain for a huge collection of books, magazines, office supplies, collectibles, clothes, and gifts...Read More

  • 5. Metsker Maps of Seattle

    Downtown | Books/Stationery

    Whether you're searching for a laminated pocket map of Seattle or a world map made up of music notes, stop here for a massive selection of books...Read More

  • 6. Open Books

    Wallingford | Books/Stationery

    One of only a couple of poetry-only bookstores in the country, this serene space is conducive to hours of browsing; when you're ready to interact...Read More

  • 7. Ophelia's Books

    Fremont | Books/Stationery

    With a tiny spiral staircase leading to the basement, and resident cats wandering through the tightly packed aisles, Ophelia's offers a classic...Read More

  • 8. Queen Anne Book Company

    Queen Anne | Books/Stationery

    This beloved Seattle bookstore is well-known for its friendly, knowledgeable staff and extensive book selection. Pop in for children's storytelling...Read More

  • 9. Secret Garden Bookshop

    Ballard | Books/Stationery

    Named after the Francis Hodgson Burnett classic, this cozy shop has been delighting readers for 34 years. A favorite of teachers, librarians...Read More

  • 10. Twice Sold Tales

    Capitol Hill | Books/Stationery

    It's hard to miss this excellent used-book store—simply look for the six-foot neon cat sign—he'll be waving his Cheshire tail. Inside, you'll...Read More

  • 11. University Book Store

    University District | Books/Stationery

    Campus bookstores are usually rip-offs to be endured only by students clutching syllabi, but the University of Washington's store is a big exception...Read More

  • 12. Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers

    Pioneer Square | Books/Stationery

    Crammed with first editions, antiquarian materials, Pacific Northwest history and literature, Western Americana, poetry, and fine examples of...Read More

  • 13. Wide World Travel Store

    Wallingford | Books/Stationery

    One of the first travel-only bookstores in the country, Wide World Travel Store has been outfitting the adventurous since 1976. This is a great...Read More

  • 14. Zanadu Comics

    Downtown | Books/Stationery

    One of the oldest and best comic-book stores in a city with close to 70 comics shops, Zanadu Comics specializes in "alternative," small-press...Read More

  • 15. Paperhaus

    Belltown | Books/Stationery

    Artists, designers, and writers should hightail it to Paperhaus to pick up professional portfolios and presentation materials. Lust-worthy notebooks...Read More

  • 16. Zanadu Comics

    University District | Books/Stationery

    One of the oldest and best comic book stores in a city with close to 70 comic shops, Zanadu Comics specializes in "alternative," small-press...Read More

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