Best of Boston

Best Bookstore

2000 Best Bookstore, Used

Boston Book Annex

Like a portal to Narnia, a door below street level reveals an impossibly boundless collection of used books, neatly organized into hundreds of irresistible categories, [...] read more»
1999 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith is dedicated to the art of browsing. This cozy store allows book lovers to curl up on the wood floor and thumb through [...] read more»
1999 Best Bookstore, Gay

We Think the World of You

This delightful shop boasts a quirky selection, a white-hot reading series, a helpful and knowledgeable staff, and a magazine rack that recognizes there's more to [...] read more»
1999 Best Bookstore, Suburban

The Concord Book Shop

The historic town that produced such literary luminaries as Emerson, Alcott, and Thoreau seems destined to have the bookshop. And Concord does. Why go to [...] read more»
1998 Best Bookstore, General, Urban

WordsWorth Books

Much more than best-sellers and self-help, this complex two-store shrine to the written word stocks and discounts almost everything from Aristotle to Zagat's. Books are [...] read more»
1998 Best Bookstore, General, Suburban


As much as we hate to say it, Borders is elevating the culture quotient in the suburbs. If only it weren't a chain. Live jazz [...] read more»
1998 Best Bookstore, Specialty

Globe Corner Bookstore

This is the place to satisfy literary wanderlust, from Boston to Bangladesh to Beijing. Seating makes longer browsing more comfy. And the staff doesn't seem [...] read more»
1998 Best Bookstore, Cookbooks

New England Mobile Bike Fair

Newton Highlands
Nobody has a more luscious selection of cookbooks than this mammoth warehouse on the Newton/ Needham line. Your 15-year-old just became a vegan? Hosting 60 [...] read more»
1997 Best Bookstore, Poetry

The Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Founded in 1927, the Grolier is the only establishment of its kind in the nation—and probably the world: a bookstore devoted to poetry, and nothing [...] read more»
1997 Best Bookstore, Travel

The Globe Corner Bookstore

Although the Globe Corner Bookstore no longer shares space with the home of Anne Hutchinson at Downtown Crossing, the remaining Cambridge and Boston stores will [...] read more»