World's Coolest Bookstores

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Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Buenos Aires to Brooklyn.

Barter Books, England

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This Alnwick bookshop attracted attention for its role in discovering and producing the now ubiquitous World War II Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Housed in an old Victorian railway station, Barter Books has a cozy living room vibe, thanks to rugs, crackling fireplaces in the winter, toys for kids, a model railway acting as a link between the book columns of the central room, and comfy seats amid a vast selection of secondhand books on a variety of subjects. It’s even more irresistible once you hear the owners’ backstory: U.S.-born Mary and British-born Stuart Manley met on a transatlantic flight.

World's Coolest Bookstores

Barter Books, England

This Alnwick bookshop attracted attention for its role in discovering and producing the now ubiquitous World War II Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Housed in an old Victorian railway station, Barter Books has a cozy living room vibe, thanks to rugs, crackling fireplaces in the winter, toys for kids, a model railway acting as a link between the book columns of the central room, and comfy seats amid a vast selection of secondhand books on a variety of subjects. It’s even more irresistible once you hear the owners’ backstory: U.S.-born Mary and British-born Stuart Manley met on a transatlantic flight.

Courtesy of Barter Books
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