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Elliott Bay Book Company

Bookstore and Café
Capitol Hill, Seattle
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  • novels
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  • Creighton D.
    Creighton DeSimoneSeptember 24
    Relaxed atmosphere. Great coffee in the back. Love the tips left on the shelves. It’s a great way to communicate with other readers.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KrallAugust 5
    One of the best selection of political books
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    Elliott Bay Book Company was voted the Best Intellectual Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Seattle. #daterschoice Read more
  • Mack M.
    Mack MaleJune 4
    Fantastic store with great selection and plenty of spots to relax.
  • Andrew P.
    Great selection and super friendly staff.
  • Micaela P.
    This place is my heaven. Don't miss the turmeric lattes at the cafe. They also don't mind if you browse with your pup!
    Upvoted Aug 23
  • Lindsay T.
    Super knowledgeable staff! Looks like a great spot for reading and grabbing a coffee with a friend or two.
  • Jordyn
    JordynAugust 21, 2016
    HUGE wonderful bookstore. Take some time to just browse.
  • Riona M.
    Riona MacNamaraJune 5, 2016
    Best bookstore, reading rooms, cafe
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MichelleMay 31, 2016
    Absolutely incredible. Fantastic selection with handwritten notes from the staff about featured books. Definitely stop if you're walking by!
  • Bruna M.
    Bruna MirandaMay 23, 2016
    Insanely beautiful, large variety of books and genres. Great bookstore to visit when in Seattle ;)
  • Judy Z.
    Judy ZhengApril 26, 2016
    Capitol Hill. Books!
  • ker c.
    ker cDecember 23, 2015
    Local bookstore with a comfy reading and browsing atmosphere and an in-store cafe. Hard to resist leaving without buying a few books. The store also boasts author readings and autographing sessions.
  • Kimmie N.
    Kimmie NguyenDecember 3, 2015
    There's a castle in the back!
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrNovember 29, 2015
    Went there for a book signing with Sherman Alexi. Awesome staff!
  • 微微
    微微October 10, 2015
    staff written recommendation notes
  • Judy Z.
    Judy ZhengSeptember 28, 2015
    Capitol Hill.
  • Pete M.
    Pete MarcusSeptember 10, 2015
    Heaven. On. Earth.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SantosAugust 29, 2015
    Book recommendations are all interesting - Seattle's version of Powell's
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeJuly 25, 2015
    Nice selection of books, but I wasn't blown away. I think NYC bookstores set the bar high for me. May have also been disappointed by the slow wifi connection...
  • Cosmo
    CosmoJuly 19, 2015
    Great vibe, but their books are definitely overpriced
  • Eleonora Z.
    Eleonora ZorziJuly 14, 2015
    You can find almost anything here. The staff is helpful and they have a good collection of graphic design books.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SabriJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bookstore in Seattle. Hands down.
  • Miraj S.
    Miraj ShahJuly 11, 2015
    Wonderful wood-trimmed space, quiet place to meditate and enjoy from a wide variety of books, not unlike a beautiful library!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CollinsJuly 3, 2015
    Rejoice at the recommended titles and careful curation I haven't seen anywhere else. Wonderful place!
  • Toby L.
    Toby LorencJune 26, 2015
    Huge store - give yourself some time to browse
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJune 7, 2015
    One of the largest local bookstores around. Be sure to read up on staff recommendations.
  • Curtis M.
    Curtis MApril 6, 2015
    A very eclectic independent book store, which is a refreshing change from all the carbon copy chain stores that seem to be taking over.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimMarch 29, 2015
    Great spot to catch up on some reading and explore some new books
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.March 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    When I'm looking for a book, I usually stop by here. The staff recommendations are spot on and they know the books they sell. A great space to chill out.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyMarch 28, 2015
    Always love to pop in and browse after eating next door at Oddfellows. Don't miss the stock upstairs, too!
  • cnelson ︻.
    cnelson ︻╦╤─March 15, 2015
    Join the Underground!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SabriFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite bookstore ever. Staff recommendations throughout help you find your next book!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KiserFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent letterpress card selection
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerDecember 30, 2014
    Perfect bookstore setup. Love the wall of recommendations. They also have a shelf for zines. Worth stopping by.
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerDecember 29, 2014
    It's probably best to know what you're looking for, there's way too many books.
  • Jesus l.
    Jesus la PingaDecember 22, 2014
    Love this book store.
  • Sophia J.
    Sophia JohnsonDecember 9, 2014
    I'm in a book club there, and they give you free books to read so you can review/rate them.
  • Henok K.
    Henok KidaneOctober 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A great study spot...when there's a table available. Also, be warned - the wifi can get VERY spotty at times.
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25October 12, 2014
    Great bookstore to linger and while away the afternoon
  • Trevor W.
    Trevor WidemanOctober 12, 2014
    New books, magazines, and zines. Very spacious store with a lovely cafe at the back.
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetersenSeptember 28, 2014
    Great selection and a fantastic sale section as well. The staff knows their stuff. Very helpful.
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WhittingtonSeptember 27, 2014
    Wonderful assortment of journals and postcards, as well as some cool + off the wall games.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 24, 2014
    Meet Ted Rall on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his graphic novel After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 23, 2014
    Meet Ben Lerner on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new novel 10:04. Read more
  • Troy N.
    Troy NachtigallSeptember 20, 2014
    Great kids section.
  • Em W.
    Em WilsonSeptember 16, 2014
    Amazing independent bookstore. The travel writing section upstairs is particularly good.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuSeptember 10, 2014
    Great collection of books! fun place to just hang out and read before you purchase
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 23, 2014
    A must-stop local book shop. Gems like this don't exist frequently anymore.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 7, 2014
    Best bookstore in Seattle that's not
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MartinAugust 7, 2014
    So many good books here
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 6, 2014
    Moleskin shopping spot.
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LeAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a book and read at their cafe
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BeasleyJune 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to chill, relax and recharge.
  • DJ C.
    DJ CMay 26, 2014
    Lovely store with a great selection for a wide range of audiences. Great cards too
  • Steven K.
    Steven KippMay 19, 2014
    What bookstore would be complete without the Big Books of Penises, Pussies and Butts. In the sex section :-)
  • Gavin H.
    Gavin Hywel LmtMarch 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beware the bathrooms, locks don't work and you will get locked in.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel ChambersMarch 22, 2014
    I love this place-everything to love about a local bookstore. They also have great gifts. Locally made Torch candles and a ton of fun, handmade cards are perfect for anyone.
    Upvoted Sep 11
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EubanksMarch 14, 2014
    The best. I could spend an entire day here.
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EubanksMarch 11, 2014
    Amazing indie bookstore that was full of locals! Huge selection, creatively curated, and plenty of room to sit and read.
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FedykMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The cafe in the back is a great low key place to get a sandwich or a coffee and read
  • Chris O.
    Chris OdaJanuary 19, 2014
    Tables against the walls have outlets (good study area)
  • Chris O.
    Chris OdaJanuary 19, 2014
    Coffee refills are 75 cents
  • BJ O.
    BJ OrbaseOctober 16, 2013
    This. This. This. This is my favorite bookstore. They do so many things right: open spaces and comfortable seating, huge staff recommendations, amazing selection, even in the discount stuff.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BeasleyOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Stays open as late as coffee shops in the area (10p). Free internet. Great place to relax and recharge.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 16, 2013
    Meet literary critic John Freeman on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book, How to Read a Novelist. Also with Nicola Griffith. Read more
  • Seth K.
    Seth KatzJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    No more used books... an expanded bargain section.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJuly 10, 2013
    Meet Peter von Ziegesar on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his memoir The Looking Glass Brother. Read more
  • Seth K.
    Seth KatzJune 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask the staff... very informed in all genres!
  • Pejman P.
    Pejman Pour-MoezziJune 6, 2013
    Beautiful bookstore
  • William S.
    William StricklandMay 27, 2013
    Used to be located in Pioneer Square, the Elliott Bay Book Company is the local bookstore for those who live on Capitol Hill. You'll find odd titles and local authors here. Don't forget about the café
  • Anna D.
    Anna DMay 5, 2013
    The best place to find a little peace.
  • Seth K.
    Seth KatzApril 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask the staff... they know it or will find it.
  • Hein Z.
    Hein ZegersApril 28, 2013
    Seattle's best place for book lovers from all over the world. Even more so, if you happen to come all the way from Belgium's university town of Leuven, where this beer originated... :-)
  • David D.
    David DimmettApril 11, 2013
    Got some nice books on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for my kids here. The place has a lot of character and some great stationary.
  • Wil S.
    Wil StevensFebruary 17, 2013
    I love this place. Picked up reading a non-digital book. Ain't that crazy!?
  • Yeji K.
    Yeji KimDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They have the prettiest selection of birthday cards.
  • Larry W.
    Larry WeissmanNovember 13, 2012
    Best Music books collection I have ever seen. Awesome.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 27, 2012
    This local institution with big inventory & frequent readings endured on Main St at Pioneer Square for 35+ years. In 2010, it moved to new Capitol Hill headquarters with wood floors & exposed rafters. Read more
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 4, 2012
    I Love Books!! Historic & Amazing!! Picking Up A NEW Book To Read & Keep In Memory Of Our Trip!!
  • ELS Language Centers
    Seattle’s legendary independent bookstore
  • Anna D.
    Anna DApril 21, 2012
    Amazing community here.
  • Nessa C.
    Nessa ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great staff! Willing to order anything if still in print so don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • TOMS
    TOMSJanuary 30, 2012
    Found in the heart of Seattle’s capitol hill neighborhood business district, cedar shelves are lined with hundreds of thousands of bound books.
  • Lucie C.
    Lucie CorianderJanuary 18, 2012
    Best bookstore in the U.S. Can be pretty busy on weekends, but staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Been going there 16+ years aka since toddler-hood and it's still brilliant.
  • Janey W.
    Janey WongDecember 23, 2011
    Very spacious but cozy bookstore. I love the creaky wood floors. They are reasonably priced and have punch cards!
  • Christine V.
    Christine VegaOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you belong to a book club you get a discount for books ordered through EB. Also their staff can do a presentation of suggested titles tailored to your group's reading interest
  • Aun S.
    Aun SoyotoOctober 25, 2011
    Get the original official Elliott Bay Book Company T-shirt♪☁☆
  • Craig M.
    Craig McKenneySeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They no longer have used books as part of an agreement with other used bookstores on the Hill, FYI, but still a great store.
  • Reuben M.
    Reuben MorganAugust 14, 2011
    This place is Great!
  • Byrdie
    ByrdieJune 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a stamp card which, once filled, gets one $10 off one's next purchase. Read more
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreMay 31, 2011
    Elliott Bay Book Company, at home in new digs on Capitol Hill, is a local treasure. Step inside and find NW outdoor books and hiking guides -- and get outside away from the urban bustle on the Hill. Read more
  • nick g.
    nick goodeyMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the photography section. They have some great tomes to check out
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 15, 2011
    A stunningly wide selection of books showcased in towering cedar shelves.
  • MarChel
    MarChelApril 4, 2011
    Great place to buy a book and sit and read
  • Quang L.
    Quang LeMarch 27, 2011
    $1 Mimosas for brunch!
  • Alison
    AlisonFebruary 3, 2011
    A wonderful bookstore.. Love the staff recs and the open, welcoming space!
  • J. M. A.
    J. M. AlbersJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best coffee in the city...
  • Abbie G.
    Abbie GriffinNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great selection, love browsing and reading all the recommendations. Friendly, knowledgable staff, and yummy food in the cafe to boot!
  • Eric
    EricNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    You can park for free 2 blocks north on Pike.
  • fox
    foxSeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    check out the amazing greeting card collection - some really great letterpress and contemporary artists in the mix.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony ShelleyJuly 31, 2010
    Order the crepes, any of them. Enjoy! Read more
  • Myra K.
    Myra KohnJune 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not park in the garage unless you plan to buy $20 or more at Elliot bay. Parking is an average of $7.50 an hour!!!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonNovember 19, 2009
    bought a perfect condition tom douglas cookbook in the used section. bakery DELISH. so cozy on a rainy day.
  • Norman G.
    Norman GuadagnoSeptember 8, 2009
    Still the best selection of Science Fiction books in town.
  • Sameer H.
    Sameer HalaiAugust 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    try the React Theatre book readings
  • Gabe W.
    Gabe WachobApril 30, 2009
    Hung out at the book store and bought some travel books.
  • Beth M.
    Beth MoonMarch 20, 2009
    Used and new books, filed in an aesthetically pleasing way. Check out the neighborhood as well.
  • Matías A.
    Matías ArjonaSeptember 2, 2014
    Muy buen lugar para encontrar libros usados y baratos.
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