Best of Boston

2003 Best Used Bookstore

Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop

The Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop is still unpacking from its move up the block. Even so, there’s a comfortable slovenliness in the remaining unopened boxes, a librarian’s jumble that reminds you not to hurry past that sleeping treasure on the untouched shelf. Classics, history, 1950s sci-fi magazines—the aisles are silent feasts, and the selection is for gluttons. A self-described “outpost of civilization,” perhaps the store is better dubbed the Black Hole of Newbury Street, because once you walk in, it’s almost impossible to extract yourself.

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