Vancouver’s best bookstores, mapped out – Scout Magazine

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No matter what time of year, there are few hobbies more satisfying or more indulgent than reading. However, now that the rainy season in Vancouver has set in, we eagerly await the excuse for a guilt-free isolation time spent grabbing our (it’s long) reading list and slipping into the company. comforting and fragrant books, books, books!

Once again, we’ve compiled our list of local bookstores – and some low-key no-bookstore “bookstores” – that we suggest to fill your personal library with fiction, no and all….

Albion Books

523 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z5

Readers and collectors will always find something on the crowded shelves of this unpretentious but carefully stocked second-hand bookstore (a few records too).


Banyen books and sounds

3608 West 4th Ave.

Banyen is more than a bookstore. It is also a wellness center, a 4th cornerstone of the West and a time portal to the hippy heyday of Kitsilano. The 50-year-old neighborhood institution is a one-stop-shop for all of your self-awareness and healing needs, from prints to ritual tools like crystals, beads, chimes, incense and more.


Canterbury Tales Bookstore

2010 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A9

Canterbury Tales sells new and used books on The Drive. The always welcoming staff are well read and knowledgeable. Recognizing (and celebrating) that their community is made up of an eclectic cross-section of readers, the Canterbury Tales team works hard to find the perfect book for their customers.


Hager Books

2176, 41 avenue West

This local, independent bookstore offers a selection of new books in a wide range of fields including art, photography, fiction, memoir, biography, travel, psychology, history, cookbooks and gardening.


Children’s books

2557 W Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2E9

A first-rate resource for every step of the reading journey with children. From drool-proof books and classic bedtime stories to graphic novels, chapter books and puzzles, this place has it all for parents.


Kestrel Books

3642 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P1

In operation since 1985, Kestrel offers a large selection of used, rare and out of print books in a multitude of fields. As they say, “From Archie comics to medieval manuscripts, there is a collector’s field to suit all budgets and ages.”


Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium

1238 Davie Street

This West End institution is the place for sexy publications and accessories for the whole rainbow of readers and their pleasures. Unquestionably a vital member of the Vancouver community, you can meet your needs by sourcing them from their prime location on Davie Street.


Lucky comics

3972 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P2

This perky little Main Street store isn’t your typical comic book store. Lucky’s is the place to go for local independent graphic novels and comic book artists, as well as a small collection of non-fiction and children’s books. A visit here is always a colorful experience!


MacLeod’s books

455 Pender Street West

Well known for her role in the 1984 fantasy film, The NeverEnding Story, this legendary icon embodies the second-hand bookstore experience: think shelves overflowing with vintage and pre-loved titles, full of character and a dense aroma of beloved old paper.


Massy Books

229 E. Georgia St.

A business owned entirely by women and natives, this Chinatown bookstore is a big supporter of underrepresented authors and independent press publications, as well as artists from the local community. The newly relocated gallery space of the Massy Arts Society (formerly on the retail store floor, now at 23 Pender St.) regularly hosts poetry readings, book launches and discussions.


The Paper Hound Bookstore

344 Pender Street West

Sniff this cute little nook of books when you’re looking for something special. Co-owned by Kim Koch and Rob Clarke, the Paper Hound bookstore launched at its current location on Pender Street in 2013. (We got into this immediately after the whippet mark was painted on the upholstered windows, and it continues. being our one of downtown Vancouver’s favorite places for new, used and rare books.) Used book shelves are organized in nifty niches and the new book selection includes publishers hard to find.


Fiction books

2422 Main Street

Now, with more than two decades of book activity behind them since opening their flagship product on Main Street, Pulp Fiction’s three current locations (Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, and Commercial Drive) are home to tens of thousands of titles, including including a well-thought-out library of new books and shelves of used volumes which are constantly being picked up and added (remember to navigate the piles of incoming books and sort if you want to avoid a disastrous Jenga type incident). If you spot something in the window that you must have, don’t wait to tear it off!

Pulpfiction Books West
2754 West Broadway MENU
Pulpfiction Books East
1830, commercial promenade MENU

Odin Books

108 East Broadway

Vancouver’s long-standing resource for mental health books covers the full spectrum of issues and includes everything from illustrated children’s books to educational texts and memoirs. Odin’s spacious Broadway location opened half a block east of the major Main Street intersection in 2019.


Read books

520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2

A cutting-edge art and design bookstore located in the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University. It’s a place to get lost and get inspired.


Spartacus Books

3378 Findlay Street

Although they moved to Commercial Drive in 2014, Spartacus has been the East Vancouver headquarters for socially conscious and progressive publications since the early 1970s. The non-profit organization, which is run entirely by volunteers, has also historically been the place for alternative activist activities, including letter writing in prison, accordion circles and other meetings for radical minds.


Not bookstores

Antisocial skateboard shop

2337 Main Street

For skate-related publications, ranging from illustrated children’s books to chunky tabletop books and fanzines, look no further than Main Street’s Antisocial Skateboard Shop. Trust the people who live and breathe skateboarding to get only the best of what’s available.


Mucker next

2295 Hastings Street East

Although freshly opened in early November 2021, the selection of books and magazines at Mucker Next Door (Dachi’s new business expansion) looks very promising – and enticing! Think edgy, cult food magazines and other must read food and wine readings.


51 Powell per neighbor

51 Powell Street

You may have realized it, but 51 Powell Street – aka the third and newest ‘Objects’ oriented retail space in Neighbor’s Gastown’s winning trifecta – is also home to a small, narrow ‘Print’ section. Think stylish, cutting-edge, high-quality, and highly-organized art and design books, international magazines and vintage publications, as well as Neighbor Book Club titles recommended by an impressive circle of friends artists, writers and artists. designers of the store.


Vancouver Special

3612 Main Street

Mount Pleasant’s go-to store for art, film, fashion and design publications including impressive coffee table tomes, special editions, travel guides, magazines and quintessential publications related to Vancouver.


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