Hybrid Store: The Strand

Best For: New books, used books, and special copies (pre-order and signed)

In 2016, the New York Times called The Strand the, “undisputed king of the city’s independent bookstores.” We think they’re absolutely correct. Born in 1927 on what was known as “Book Row,” The Strand boasts “18 miles of books.” Though this store is the last remaining survivor of Book Row, it draws locals and tourists from around the world to its gigantic, historic building. Today, The Strand carries over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books covering topics as far-ranging as occult to philosophy to personal finance. Like most great bookstores, customers can also purchase an array of literary-type gifts—notebooks, coffee mugs, and bookmarks.

No matter where you live, you can browse The Strand’s impressive collection online. Need a particular title but don’t have the time to find it at the store? You can search their collection online, find what you’re looking for, and reserve your book for pick-up. Ordering for a friend? Gift wrap is available for an additional $6.

The Strand is relatively picky about what they buy, so even their used books are in excellent condition. Additionally, their savings are some of the best we’ve ever seen, both online and in-stores—even the new books aren’t listed at full-price. Staff picks are available both in the store and on their website, and customers can pre-order select books and request signings when possible. In case you were wondering, these pre-ordered books are also discounted.