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Independent Bookshops in Philly

The Cradle of Liberty is teeming with historic sites, major sports teams, and yes, independent bookstores.

Here are six independent bookshops found throughout Philadelphia:

Joseph Fox Bookshop

1724 Sansom Street, Philadelphia

Located in downtown Philadelphia, the Joseph Fox Bookshop was established in 1951 in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Closed Sundays, Joseph Fox features author events, and in-house puppies.

Mostly Books

529 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia

Open daily, Mostly Books is a 5,000-square-foot used book warehouse located in the Queen Village neighborhood. Browse through over 50,000 books piled to the ceiling, plus music, movies, and photographs.

Baldwin’s Book Barn

865 Lenape Road, West Chester

Set in West Chester in western Philadelphia, Baldwin’s Book Barn is a five-story bookstore housed in a historic home built in 1822. Dating back to 1934, Baldwin’s Book Barn offers wall-to-wall used books and maps, and specializes in rare and antiquarian books.

Penn Book Center

130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia

Found on campus at the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn Book Center is an independent bookseller set in University City. Closed Sundays, Penn Book Center was established in 1962, and offers way more than just textbooks.


1931 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Here’s one that’s all mystery section. Set in Downtown Philadelphia, Whodunit? Is a mystery paperback bookseller open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Farley’s Bookshop

44 South Main Street, New Hope

Set in the New Hope neighborhood, Farley’s Bookshop is a quint bookstore if ever there was one. Found on the Delaware River bank in northern Philadelphia, Farley’s was established in 1967 – today offering piles of books and an in-shop cat.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Plus Philadelphia Airport South at Widener University

1450 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013-5715
Phone: +1 610-872-8100  |  Fax: (610) 872-8108  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Fort Washington Inn

285 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington PA 19034-2406
Phone: +1 215-542-7930  |  Fax: (215) 641-0969  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel

675 Conchester Highway, Glen Mills PA 19342
Phone: +1 610-358-9400  |  Fax: (610) 358-9381  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus The Inn at King of Prussia

127 S Gulph Road, King Of Prussia PA 19406-3103
Phone: +1 610-265-4500  |  Fax: (610) 354-8905  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

235 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106-2813
Phone: +1 215-922-4443  |  Fax: (215) 922-4487  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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