14 Wonderful Bookstores You Need to Visit

Bart’s Books – Ojai, California

A fixture of the California literary scene, Bart’s Books had a fairly humble beginning for such an important place. It was founded by Richard Bartinsdale, who erected a bookshelf outside his home so that passersby could enjoy his excess of books. Eventually, he expanded the bookshelves until he found that he had an entire outdoor bookstore.

Now, Bart’s Books is America’s largest outdoor bookstore. Make sure to visit when it’s sunny out, so you can enjoy your treasures in the central courtyard. Don’t miss the cookbook section, which is all arranged in Bartinsdale’s former kitchen.

Cafebreria el Pendulo – Mexico City, Mexico  

This giant, two-storey bookstore in Mexico City is an inviting space for both Spanish and English-speaking book lovers. They have tons of stock in both languages spread out over the main floor and a balcony, and encourage patrons to take their time in browsing.

They also offer a discount at the café for people who can correctly answer a trivia question about literature.

Mabel’s Fables – Toronto, Canada

This adorable children’s bookstore is named for the friendly orange cat that haunts the stacks. This store is packed floor to ceiling with any book or toy a child could ever want. Both the inside and the outside of the store are painted in bright, primary colors – even just stepping inside feels joyful.

If you’re buying on behalf of a child, staff can recommend the best books for each age, and they even do specialty gift baskets for new babies.



American City Guide: New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most fun cities in the United States. Nicknamed “The Big Easy”, most tourists come to New Orleans during Carnival, a raucous outdoor festival that celebrates the beginning of the somber Lenten season. If you manage to get beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a vibrant city just waiting…

American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.