Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Bookstore and Café
Center City West, Philadelphia
45 Tips and reviews
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  • Nzuri M.
    Nzuri MalkiaMarch 14
    I love it at Barnes and Noble. It's a great place to relax, grab a great book or several, get homework/work done and think. Great selection of books as well
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Lance
    LanceSeptember 10, 2016
    This is a great place to beat the summer heat in air-conditioned comfort, and to take a leak if you're in Rittenhouse Park. Oh, and you can find books for sale as well.
  • Zein S.
    Zein SamerSeptember 7, 2016
    Staff are extremely friendly and you can almost find anything you want here.
  • Pap V.
    Pap V.August 22, 2016
    Perfect view of Rittenhouse 👌 we also found a cool version of Munchkin (for those who love the game).
  • Justin N.
    Justin NachodJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a membership if you plan on buying more than one book a month. You need to spend about $250 a year to make out on the discount.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJune 28, 2016
    Feels like a relic, but if you're into paying more for books than you would on Amazon, this is place to do it. Decent magazine selection too.
  • U Y Ê N N A O M I B.
    U Y Ê N N A O M I B U INovember 23, 2015
    Everyone is very friendly and always prepared to help you find what you want.
  • Hessa A.
    Hessa Al ZamelJuly 22, 2015
    One of the best bookstores in philly 📚
  • Gilles B.
    Gilles BoeykensDecember 13, 2014
    Amazing collection, great gadgets.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CoversJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't secure a seat in the cafe within 5 minutes after the store opens, you're out of luck and will need to try again tomorrow.
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeJuly 7, 2014
    Meet John Scalzi on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new science fiction novel Lock In. Read more
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeFebruary 13, 2014
    Meet Jon Leiberman on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new true crime book Whitey on Trial. Read more
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJanuary 30, 2014
    Meet New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM as she reads from her new novel Keep Quiet. Read more
  • Henri L.
    Henri L'îleDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Place has really changed and not towards a customer oriented mood... You used to be able to sit in here but they limited it ton this really small spot! Miss being able to just sit and read!!
  • Sophann A.
    Sophann AryaJuly 30, 2013
    Great atmosphere
  • Jason H.
    Jason HandMay 23, 2013
    HUGE selection up in here!
  • Patrice M.
    Patrice MorrisMarch 28, 2013
    The café is NOT a Starbucks...they simply serve Starbucks' products! I tried to use my Starbucks gift card but I was rejected! Lol
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressFebruary 28, 2013
    Meet Dr. Ian K. Smith on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM as he reads from his new book Shred: The Revolutionary Diet. Read more
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressOctober 2, 2012
    Meet Lisa Scottoline and daughter Francesca Serritella on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM as they read from their new collection of essays Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim. Read more
  • Dana
    DanaJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    no place to sit in the cafe and the upstairs is just as bad. If you find a seat upstairs it might still get taken away if they're having an event. Don't bother sitting on floor Security will say move
  • Henri L.
    Henri L'îleJune 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The ppl in the café area aren't really nice but other then that a nice place to spend your time in.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions
    CCS alum Carolyne Savini will host an info session tonight and talk about her volunteer experience in Morocco and Peru!
  • The Franklin Institute
    Are you a teacher? Educators receive discounted admission to Dead Sea Scrolls at The Franklin Institute when purchased at this location--only $19.95! (You can even bring one guest for the same rate!) Read more
  • Maeve H.
    Maeve HanleyMay 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Barnes and Noble cafe just serves Starbucks brand, they are not a Starbucks. I suggest getting you Starbucks around the corner at 18th and chestnut and bringing it with you.
  • Nichole M.
    Nichole Marie 🌻April 15, 2012
    Barnes and Noble members save 10% on every purchase!
  • Mitchell S.
    Mitchell SebastianMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Extra seating to sit and read on the their floor.
  • Glen G.
    Glen GilmoreDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit Tria around the corner for a wine, beer, cheese: 123 S 18th St
  • Kenny B.
    Kenny B.November 20, 2011
    Escape reality!
  • E F.
    E FNovember 18, 2011
    Sit next to the windows overlooking Rittenhouse Sq. Beauitful!
  • David H.
    David HicksNovember 7, 2011
    Clean up after yourself when you leave your table
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressOctober 31, 2011
    Meet Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM as they read from their new collection of essays, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies. Read more
  • Derin S.
    Derin SpectorOctober 21, 2011
    Shitting in the second floor bathroom is welcome.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WilliamsOctober 10, 2011
    Great store, but don't come here if you're looking to use the Internet. It's terribly slow.
  • AT&T
    AT&TSeptember 16, 2011
    This Barnes & Noble store is also an AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot. Curl up with your Nook and connect with AT&T Wi-Fi.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BoyerAugust 10, 2011
    The Starbucks staff are apparently too busy conversing to remember to make your drink.
  • Eric R.
    Eric ReppertAugust 10, 2011
    Old ladies droppin forks, nice makeup old whore
  • Mareya S.
    Mareya SteinbacherAugust 7, 2011
    Great place to take kids and toddlers to read in the city
  • Raymond C.
    Raymond CarverJuly 2, 2011
    Ask about the short story collection Elephant, by Jim Breslin. Haunting.
  • Nadya W.
    Nadya WJune 26, 2011
    Great view of Rittenhouse Square. One of my favorite book stores to go to in the city. Go to their cafe, which has more on the menu than most Starbucks!
  • Charlotte
    CharlotteApril 14, 2011
    Beautiful view of Rittenhouse if you sit by the window!
  • Natalie J.
    Natalie JezowskiMarch 8, 2011
    Usually no place to sit
  • Dan K.
    Dan KaufmanSeptember 7, 2010
    If the park is your place, these are your toilets.
  • Lee A.
    Lee AllenAugust 11, 2010
    Free internet here. If your laptop's dying and you don't mind sitting on the ground you can keep it charging with plugs on the ends of some of the bookshelves.
  • Pat C.
    Pat CervantesJune 22, 2010
    Lots of books
  • Lee J.
    Lee JacobsDecember 24, 2009
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