I firmly believe that a good bookstore is a must for any city. Luckily, Atlanta has no shortage of amazing bookstores throughout the metro area. Check out the best bookstores Atlanta has to offer and find your next amazing read.
Top Atlanta Bookstores
1. A Cappella Books
This Atlanta favorite bookstore stocks new and contemporary books, classic reads, common and uncommon used books, and rare collectable books across all genres. A Cappella Books also regularly holds book signings and author events so you can meet your favorite writers.
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2. Atlanta Vintage Books
Atlanta Vintage Books in Brookhaven has been serving the community for over 30 years.
This shop has over 80,000 new, collectable, and vintage books stocking the shelves across their many rooms. Atlanta Vintage Books is known for having one of the largest collections of rare children’s books in the Southeast. And they have a resident cat!
3. Book Exchange
Book Exchange in Marietta is a neighborhood bookstore that stocks new and used books. It is the largest continually operating indie bookstore in Cobb County.
You can trade in your used books for credit, attend a special author event, take part in a book club, or get help finding the right book for you. This bookstore also features a selection of gifts, cards, puzzles, and bookmarks.
4. Bookish Atlanta
Located in East Atlanta Village, Bookish Atlanta is an indie bookstore that stocks primarily find used books with some new titles as well. Their titles focus on diverse fiction.
The store has a community-oriented vibe, and their employees are always focused on helping you find your next great read. You can ask the Bookish staff for recommendations, browse the shelves yourself, of special order exactly what you’re looking for.
5. Brave + Kind Books
Brave + Kind Books is an inviting children’s bookstore located in Decatur. This thoughtfully curated neighborhood shop features a selection of inclusive, classic, and artful stories that you may not have seen at other bookstores.
The titles they carry are perfect for kids of all ages. The store also hosts creative workshops, story clubs, and stocks special gifts for your little readers.
6. Charis Books & More
Charis Books & More, unmissable in its purple house location in Little Five Points, is the South’s oldest feminist bookstore, opened in 1974.
This book shop specializes in feminist and cultural studies titles, diverse and unique children’s books, books on anti-racism, and LGBTQA+ fiction and non-fiction.
7. Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop of Stories, located in Decatur, is a children’s bookstore that has called Decatur Square home since 2005.
This favorite children’s bookstore features multiple reading areas, regular kids’ story hours, and a curated collection of titles for adolescents. They also host several events and signings from your child’s favorite authors.
8. Posman Books
Posman Books is a beloved New York City bookstore that has two Atlanta locations: one at Ponce City Market, and the other at Avalon in Alpharetta.
Their stores are stocked with books, high quality merchandise, greeting cards, and stationary. You’ll find plenty of bestsellers and classics as well as an awesome children’s section. Posman hosts book signings, trading parties, and other fun literary events.
Ponce City Market: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE C-197, Atlanta, GA 30308
9. Read Shop by the Merchant
Read Shop by the Merchant is located in Vinings. This unique spot combines a boutique bookstore with a classic coffee shop.
You can browse their collection of new books, bestsellers, indie books, classics, children’s literature, and home and garden selections all while you sip on a cup of coffee. The cute and cozy shop offers pastries, beverages, good reads, and indoor and outdoor seating.
10. Tall Tales Book Shop
Tall Tales Book Shop has been around since 1979. This independent bookstore is located in the Toco Hill shopping center near Emory University.
Tale Tales offers a range of new and general interest titles, host author events, curate a Book of the Month Club subscription, and have a knowledgeable staff who can help you pick out your next great read. Oh, and they have a resident bookstore cat!
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