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If there’s something Austin is known for, it’s the city’s vibrant and festive vibes. After all, it has long been famous as the world’s live music capital. Yet amidst Austinites’ affinity for good food, incredible live performances, and cultural events, there is also an abundance of more laidback spots for moments of needed quiet. A bookstore, perhaps? You’re in luck because Austin is also a known haven for bookworms! The independent spirit is well and alive in the bookstore community here, making it one of the best cities a bibliophile can get lost in. Read on for top spots to check off your list!

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BookPeople

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Austin, United States • Recommendation • 

BookPeople is arguably at the pinnacle of the city’s literary troves. Voted as the best bookstore in Austin for 20 years, it houses a wide range of titles for every age, from every genre. The staff are always helpful and happy to recommend titles based on your preferences and interests. The biggest bonus? They also house an indoor cafe where you can sit and relax with a cup of coffee, surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. What a dream!

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Malvern Books

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Austin, United States • Recommendation • 

Situated on the corner of the Rio Grande and West 29th Street, Malvern Books has a vast catalogue of literature and poetry from both visionary and lesser-known authors. It’s also a dedicated community hub, housing various events for readers. If you’re into literary activities such as readings from up-and-coming artists, book clubs, or musical evenings, this place is worth checking out. The folks here welcome anyone and everyone!

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Austin Public Library Recycled Reads Bookstore

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Austin, United States • Recommendation • 

When it comes to hunting down vintage books, look no further than Recycled Reads Bookstore, a treasure trove of donated reads and discarded materials from the Austin Public Library. Source different genres ranging from classics to award-winning titles at lower prices. You’ll be contributing to an environmentally responsible cause, which will keep you coming back for more books!

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South Congress Books

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Austin, United States • Recommendation • 

Since 2011, South Congress Books has been a special spot for Austinites. Founded by Sheri Tornatore, who brings with her 30 years of experience in the collectible book business, she built the bookstore in hopes of sharing an aesthetically pleasing space with her fellow literary lovers. Whether it’s a special gift or a rare reading copy, you can expect to find it in this warm and welcoming space.

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Resistencia Books

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Austin, United States • Recommendation • 

Founded by the late poet and activist Raul Salinas, Resistencia is one of the longest-running bookstores in the Southwest dedicated to celebrating Native American, Chicano, Latino, and African-American book communities. The charming space is treated like a neighborhood institution, despite various challenges such as financial struggles and waves of gentrification. Their selections are enough to warrant a visit, and you’ll find plenty of feminist, queer, and bilingual literature with just one look at their shelves.

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BookWoman

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Austin, United States • Recommendation • 

Established in 1973 under the name Common Woman, inspired by the poems of feminist author Judy Grah, BookWoman is dubbed as “the sole feminist bookstore in Texas.” Despite changes in the name and ownership, its purpose has stayed the same throughout the years. This is the ultimate reading nook for bookworms who crave more women-centered material and a thriving feminist literary community in the city.

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