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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
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09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
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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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Bookshop out of a book

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Jennifer E
Woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Shopped here inside and out. This trip was to sell books. The staff behind the counter barely noticed me as I waited there for someone to come look at my books. They offered to help carry more books in from my car, but I had already brought them all in. This is experience was not very good as the lady... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

We found this unique bookstore while wandering around downtown Boston one day. It has an extensive outdoor section, nestled between the main store and the next building over, full of old and rare books, most of which are on sale for 1 to 5 dollars. I could have looked through just that section for an entire afternoon! In addition, it... More 

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

I have never seen a outdoor library. This place is such a cute outdoor library. It is located right in the middle of two buildings on a street where you would never think to find an outdoor library. This is worth at-least passing by. They also had great book deals.

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Malden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

Interesting books and extremely helpful staff! It's a wonderful place to browse the old fashioned way!

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