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BEST Bookstore

1994 BEST Bookstore, Poetry

Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Cambridge

Despite its clutter, since 1927 this small hole-in-the-wall bookstore off Mass Ave in Harvard Square has been the place to buy poetry books of many countries and genres. read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, Foreign

Schoenhof’s Foreign Books

Cambridge

Schoenhof’s stocks books in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and other languages, and its knowledgeable reference staff is ready and waiting in the back of the store to guide you to whatever you need. read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, General

Waterstone’s Booksellers

Boston

We’re not saying that biggest is necessarily best, but who can beat Waterstone’s selection, browsing room, helpful staff, late hours, and discounts of 30 percent on New York Times bestsellers and 20 percent on “Waterstone’s Recommends” selections? read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, Cafe

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Boston

Trident houses an eclectic and interesting collection of books, as well as tarot cards, bonsai trees, and the little cafe area where you can look through magazines and have a cup of tea without being bothered. Try their vegetarian chili! read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, Cookbook Selection

The Kitchen Shelf

Brookline

The Kitchen Shelf sells coobooks—and only cookbooks. It features a world-class selection of regional cookbooks, as well as a tasty vegetarian and healthful-cooking section, all sure to please professionals and home cooks alike. read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, But More than a Bookstore

Rizzoli Bookstore

Boston

Rizzoli does indeed carry a great selection of books, but we also find it to be good for gifts, particularly picture frames, stationery, blank notebooks, and compact discs. read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, Creature Comforts

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

Bookline Booksmith deserves kudos for its open-door policy for dogs. The deal is, if they wag their tail, they get a treat. read more »

1993 BEST Bookstore, Cambridge

Barillair Books

Cambridge

Great service, great stock, and an espresso bar/patio. What more could a bookworm snuggle into? read more »

1993 BEST Bookstore, Boston

Charlesbank Bookshops, BU Bookstore Mall

Boston

Everything from Bradshaw to Seuss. And New York Times best-sellers at 30 percent off. read more »

1993 BEST Bookstore, Myster

Kate’s Mystery Books

Cambridge

What a mystery fan really wants is lots of everything. Kate has it all covered, from true crime to cozy domestics. read more »