Top Five Bookstores in Denver

If you're looking for a good bookstore in Denver, look no further. From independent bookstores such as The Tattered Cover to national chains such as Barnes & Noble, Denver offers bookworms plenty of options to burrow into some great reads. 

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    The first Tattered Cover opened its doors in 1971, and has been a beloved institution in the Mile High City ever since then. The flagship store moved from Cherry Creek to Colfax Avenue in June 2006.  Other locations in LoDo, Aspen Grove and a small storefront in Union Station also serve the reading public. The Colfax store occupies a renovated theater, whose etched windows offer a scenic reading space at the front of the store.

    Tattered Cover Book Store
    2526 E. Colfax Ave.
    Denver, CO 80206

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    City Stacks Books & Coffee
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    A charming bookstore in the LoDo neighborhood of downtown Denver, City Stacks caters to an urban readership. "For readers of fiction, we've got a great mix of classics and new fiction that will appeal to any reader," said co-owner Kevin Gillies. "Our customers call our selection 'eclectic' and we take that as a great compliment!" 

    City Stacks Books & Coffee
    1743 Wazee St.
    Denver, CO 80202


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    Bookies carries a large selection of children's books with an educational bent. A favorite among teachers and educators, the store also features games, toys and other learning materials. Located in a strip mall, the store's unimpressive facade conceals a gem of a bookstore. Bookies also carries a small but quality selection of adult books. The only downside is that the bookstore closes early at 6 p.m.

    4315 E. Mississippi Ave.
    Denver, CO 80246
    (303) 759-1117

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    West Side Books offers a unique selection of new and used books, as well as gifts for the hard-to-please book lover. The bookstore, located in the historic Highlands Square neighborhood, also hosts free literary events on the second Saturday of each month. The bookstore is hard to miss, as it's in the purple building with the red pole outside.

    West Side Books
    3434 W. 32nd Ave.
    Denver, CO 80211

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    Satellite Bar and Capitol Hill Books
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    Capitol Hill Books is that rare find: a well-organized used bookstore. Organized by genre and actually in alphabetical order, the shelves offers a good selection of classics and the latest releases. The bookstore does not pay cash for books, but does give credits for trading in books. The website also allows readers to search Capitol Hill Books' inventory before stopping by the store.

    Capitol Hill Books
    300 E. Colfax Ave.
    Denver, CO 80203

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    While some readers may scoff at chain bookstores, the Barnes & Noble on Colorado Boulevard boasts a knowledgeable staff, ample parking, and convenient hours from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. every day. The selection at this location is better than the downtown store, and parking is also much easier. The onsite Starbucks is also open until midnight for that late-night caffeine fix.

    Barnes & Noble Booksellers
    960 S. Colorado Blvd.
    Glendale, CO 80246