Buy Local: Denver’s Best Bookstores

I love books, the feeling of holding them in my hands. I love escaping into other realities with fiction and the satisfaction of learning new things with non. I love the smell of old books and the excitement of buying new books– as you can most likely tell I just really love books.

So when deciding what first to feature in my Buy Local Series, bookstores were naturally the topic that came to mind. More than a place to buy books, indie bookstores create the feeling of a home away from home. With quiet nooks and cozy corners they can become a sanctuary for creativity and comfort, allowing their patrons to escape into the shelves.

With that being said, here are my top five Denver bookstores to your wandering pleasure. Enjoy!

New Books

Tattered Cover
Featured on both CNN and Travel + Leisure in the last year, the Tattered Cover is hands down the most popular independent bookstore in Denver. With three locations, it is hard to find someone in Denver who has not visited or heard of the store. With a huge selection of new books and a coffee shop at each location, you are certain to find what you came in looking for, and much more for that matter.
“[…] this Mile High City mainstay oozes historic charm, with soaring timbered ceilings and antique furniture nestled into book-lined nooks and crannies.”

Store Locations & Maps

BookBar is a bookstore, wine bar in the Tennyson Street arts district of Denver (one of my favorite areas).  Walking in I felt right at home. Books, wine and espresso; what more could one need? While small in size, the selection of books, wine and food is impressive. With a lounge area, two tables and bar, it is the perfect place to come to work, study or have a glass of wine with a friend. The space is also ideal for hosting book clubs, small gatherings or attending book signing events. Click here to view their menu and learn more about their offerings.
4280 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

Used Books

Capitol Hill Books

Around for over 30 years, Capitol Hill Books has become an icon of the used books scene in the Denver area. Benefiting local non-profits and providing discounts to teachers,  they are a staple in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and attract visitors from all around Denver.

Discounts Available

  • Teachers receive a ten percent discount on books for use in the classroom with proper teacher identification.
  • Bibliomaniac discount: Receive a ten percent discount on your used books for one year when you accumulate $100 in used books purchases on a bibliomaniac card.
  • Book bag discount: Buy one of our recycled book bags and receive a 10 percent discount on used books every time you bring it into the store.

300 E. Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO 80203

(303) 837-0700


Fahrenheit’s Books
Fahrenheit’s Books on South Broadway holds a very special place in my bibliophile heart. When first moving to Denver, living on the corner of Broadway and Alameda, I turned to Fahrenheit’s for all of my reading needs. It’s the type of place where you can lose yourself for hours, eventually finding titles that you’d been subconsciously  looking for, for quite some time.  A great selection of the classics and vintage paperbacks, you wont be disappointed with the quality or quantity the store has to offer.

38 N. Broadway

New and Used Books

West Side Books

West Side Books, located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of northwest Denver, is the perfect place to browse for both new and used books. Their front room consisting mainly of new editions and their back room of used, it is like having two bookstores in one. They also offer free events, which have hosted performances by musical icons like trumpeter Ron Miles, as well as many notable speakers.
3434 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

West Side Books

In need of some reading recommendations?

Flavorwire recently posted, 50 Essential Novels for Foodies, which I have found to be very helpful in developing my reading list for 2014. Or you can visit goodreads for advice on your next book selection based on the books that you’ve enjoyed in the past.

Happy reading, drinking and wandering!


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