I’m a voracious reader and book hoarder. I keep adding to my collection even though I have long since run out of empty shelves to place my books, and I have way more books than I’ll probably be able to read in a lifetime. But I just can’t resist a good bookstore, and if I pass one in a strange city, I will always make my way inside.
Seattle is not short of great independent book stores and hosts an annual independent bookstore day (SEABookstore Day) in April with more than 20 participating bookstores. If you only have time for one bookstore stop, head to The Elliot Bay Book Company in the heart of Capitol Hill.
The Elliott Bay Book Company is an independently owned bookstore founded in 1973 introducing novelties such as Seattle’s first bookstore café. It’s a full-service bookstore with a knowledgeable staff and more than 150,000 titles set on old cedar shelves in a multi-level, inviting and unique atmosphere. The ample space is lit by large windows and offers leader couches for lounging with a good book and a great coffee shop with a wide array of caffeinated and other drinks and delicious treats. The basement houses a reading room that hosts more than 500 annual author readings and events such as book groups and story time for children. So, climb up to Capitol Hill for some serious book browsing – you might be lucky that your favorite author is in town and giving a reading in the basement!