Best of Boston

2002 Best Used Bookstore

Avenue Victor Hugo Book Shop

In a city of scribes, it’s little wonder there are so many character-filled used bookstores. But fans of this Newbury Street shop know that every stroll into Victor Hugo uncovers a novel morsel. There’s always a cat roaming the original brick floor, and there’s always something fascinating to read among the 150,000 books and 250,000 magazines on the stacks, from the stash of Life magazines that date back to 1936 to the first-edition 1934 copy of H.G. Wells’s Experiment in Autobiography: Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866). In Victor Hugo, even the ordinary is extraordinary.

339 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-7746,