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Five Eccentric Bookstores To Visit In Vancouver

Bookstores In Vancouver

There are many bookstores in Vancouver, but not all are created equal.

Indeed, with the rise of technology, fewer people are reading than ever before. With that being said, Vancouver is still putting up a good fight against the literary decline. There are some fairly standard bookstores in the city, and also huge corporations like Chapters; however, there are some places with tons of character that really stand out.

Whether you love fiction, poetry, graphic novels, or even just the feel of an old book in your hands, you’ll love our list of incredible bookstores in Vancouver.

Unique Bookstores In Vancouver


Canterbury Tales

Bookstores In Vancouver
Photo: Canterbury Tales Bookstore / Facebook

Located on Commercial Drive, this charming literary haven houses a bounty of fascinating finds. New books are always 30% off, while used books are 50% off. With a warm, inviting look, and an explosion of novels as you inside the entrance, it is a great place to get lost in. Those looking to sell their used books may also do so and can expect to get about 25% of the Canterbury Tales bookstore’s selling price. Also, if they have the title you’re looking for then they’ll order most anything in at 30% off the publisher’s price. The order is placed on Sunday and it arrives the following Saturday.

Pulpfiction Books

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Photo: Leah Horlick / Facebook

Established in June 2000, this retailer has more than 80,000 new and used titles in three convenient neighbourhood locations. You’ll be able to browse and browse, and find just about anything your heart desires in the plentiful pages. Pulpfiction Books proudly states on their website, ” As our corporate competitors “diversify” away from print into bath towels, bottled water, chocolates & electronics, we’re sticking with what we do best: an unrivalled selection of new, used, & out-of-print books chosen by readers, not algorithms.” Evidently, this neighbourhood retailer is all about integrity, keeping things as old-school as possible. They have locations on Main Street, Broadway, and Commercial Drive.

Tanglewood Books

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Photo: Tanglewood Books / Facebook

Specializing in used and rare books, this eccentric hideaway houses some fantastic finds. Whether you are searching for something few eyes have read, or simply have an interest in an extremely obscure subject, this spot is for you! Tanglewood Books specializes in top quality used, out-of-print, rare and publisher-remaindered books in a wide variety of genres. Their staff are extremely knowledgeable and can help you with all of your most outlandish requests.


MacLeod’s Books

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Photo: MacLeod’s Books / Facebook

MacLeod’s Books an ideal place to spend a rainy afternoon. Bookworms will find themselves drowning in titles, flipping through an endless sea of literary classics and fresh names. This endearing location is extremely large and has books stacked from the floor to the ceiling. What’s more, many of the finds in this location will sell at a much more reasonable price than you’ll pay at a large corporate store.

The Paper Hound

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Photo: The Paper Hound Bookshop / Facebook

The Paper Hound is a fantastic bookstore right around the corner from MacLeod’s Books. It is extremely organized, but still has a litany of choice. With an array of vintage and contemporary used books, you’ll be able to find titles on a wide range of topics. What’s more, they are quite reasonably priced. Distinctive and quirky, it’s a must see!

Looking for some other things to do in the British Columbia? Check out our list of the top 21 things that you have to do before you die in our beautiful province.


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