Discover Your Inner Bookworm at These Local Minneapolis Bookstores
Looking for something to read? Or just somewhere to relax? Or maybe you have something more specific in mind. From rooms with special treasures, to cozy eats, to furry friends, our bookstores are about so much more than just books. Whatever you're looking for, chances are we have a bookstore that will suit you!
*Please Note: the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed some of the following bookstores to the public but many are still offering online sales and curbside pick-up of their inventory as well as gift card options. Please visit their website or social media channels to find out how you can still support these local businesses during this time.
If you want to wander off the beaten path: Milkweed Books
Located on the first floor of Open Book, the country’s largest literary arts center, Milkweed Books is your spot for finding new poetry, experimental or creative nonfiction, short stories, translations, and more. Pick up something that will challenge you, excite you, and even change the way you see the world.
If you want something to munch on while you read: Moon Palace Books
A pizzeria in a book store? Genius! Geek Love Café, located right inside Moon Palace Books, offers delicious sourdough pizzas, flavorful salads, plenty of breakfast foods, and coffee, wine and beer to go with it.
If you're looking for a good thriller: Once Upon A Crime or Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore
Calling all mystery and crime fans! As the name implies, Once Upon A Crime specializes in mystery and crime novels. They have thousands to choose from, and even host authors from time to time. Check out their calendar to see what’s coming up!
Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore carries the largest assortment of mystery books in the area. Bonus: if you're also into sci-fi, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction is right next door!
*Following the death of George Floyd and the unrest in the Minneapolis community, Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore was damaged and is now looking for donations to rebuild. If you'd like to donate, click here.
If you're more into sci-fi: Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore
Located right next to Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore, this independently owned shop is a sci-fi lovers dream! Uncle Hugo’s is actually the oldest independent science fiction bookstore in the nation.
*Following the death of George Floyd and the unrest in the Minneapolis community, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore was damaged and is now looking for donations to rebuild. If you'd like to donate, click here.
If you're looking for local authors & artists: Eat My Words Bookstore
Eat My Words carries plenty of used books, rare books, and they even sell pottery, but what we love most is that they have a strong presence of local authors. From poetry to fiction to mysteries, local authors help to tell the story of Minnesota and even the Northeast neighborhood.
If you're looking for something rare: The Book House
We love The Book House for their incredible selection of books, and you will definitely find us perusing their collection of vinyl records. But what makes The Book House really stand out is their “Rare Book Room” where you can find old, interesting, and scarce volumes of works you can’t find elsewhere.
If you're looking for Native culture: Birchbark Books & Native Arts
This cozy, neighborhood book store celebrates and supports Native culture and writers. Native-owned, and largely employed by those with Native backgrounds, Birchbark Books helps to represent the diverse population of Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. While they specialize in Native writers, journalists, and historians, they sell books from all types of authors.
If you're looking for the finer things: James & Mary Laurie Bookseller
James & Mary Laurie Bookseller has over 120,000 individually selected fine books as well as over 30,000 classical and jazz vinyl records. They carry all types of subjects and even have some local works in the mix.
If you want to make a furry friend: Wild Rumpus
Wild Rumpus carries a wide variety of books for all levels of readers. From baby & toddler, to young adult, to best sellers and new releases, they’ve got it all. You can also make a furry friend while you’re there! Meet their in-store animal friends.
If you're looking to diversify your book collection: Black Garnet Books
Black Garnet Books is a new Black, woman-owned bookstore offering contemporary literature from Black and racially diverse authors. Right now their books are available online and also at their pop-up shop with Merci Tattoo (appointments are currently required).
*The Black Garnet Pop-up at Merci Tattoo is currently on a hiatus in preparation for opening a physical space for our community to connect in, Fall/Winter 2021.
If you're not sure what you're looking for: Magers & Quinn
Magers & Quinn is the bookstore you spend hours in without even realizing it. Walk up and down their stocked aisles and you’ll find the latest and greatest, the tried and true, that one that caught your eye. Fair warning – you’re sure to leave with more than you expected!