The last several years have seen a resurgence of affection for brick-and-mortar bookstores, a phenomenon both celebrated and encouraged with Independent Bookstore Day. On the last Saturday of April, independently owned bookstores around the country hold special events, sell limited time merchandise, and play host to hordes of bibliophiles.
Here are some of the best independent bookstores in the West—worthy of a trip down the street or across the state.
Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, Oregon
Whether you’re a visitor to the Pacific Northwest or a local, if you’re as serious about your coffee as you are your books, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe is sure to please. Grab a cup of Kona coffee or a chai tea at the in-store café and browse new and used books side-by-side.
Book Passage, San Francisco
With three locations throughout the Bay Area, Book Passage is known far and wide for its events and conferences and a huge selection of titles across genres. Drop into the teeny but bustling Ferry Building Marketplace location for one of over 700 annual author events or get your hands on a signed copy of the hottest new release. Afterward, stop for a nibble at one of the many local food and drink purveyors that line the halls of the Ferry Building.