Shop (and Read) Local: The Best Indie Bookstores

by | Oct 9, 2023 | Blog, Denver Activities, Denver Shops & Restaurants | 0 comments

Bookworms, bibliophiles, and literary lovers unite! 5280 recently took an in-depth look at the best independent bookstores on the Front Range. 

One of the greatest joys of independent bookstores is their unique selection. Unlike large chain stores, these gems curate their shelves with care and passion. You’ll find hidden literary treasures and discover new voices that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

But it’s not just about the books themselves – it’s also about the experience. Independent bookstores offer personalized recommendations from knowledgeable staff who truly understand your reading preferences. 

Among 5280’s top picks are:

West Side Books (3434 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver): A hidden gem in the Highlands, this bookstore offers a delightful, mildly chaotic treasure hunt experience. You’ll find well-loved, second-hand books and new releases in a labyrinthine layout, and you’ll be rewarded with surprises like bestsellers at a fraction of the cost.

Tattered Cover Book Store (Multiple locations): A beloved local chain with eight locations across the Front Range, this bookshop boasts an extensive collection of new, used, and discounted books. The staff recommendation shelves are a treasure trove for finding your next read. 

Boulder Book Store (1107 Pearl Street, Boulder): With a massive three-stories, this bookstore maintains a cozy ambiance with its thoughtful design. It’s celebrated for hosting appearances by renowned authors, making it a hub for literary enthusiasts.

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