There are few better feelings than the excitement of diving into a new book. If you're looking for a fresh page-turner that also helps support Providence's small business community, look no further than these seven independent bookstores.
Books On the Square
A staple in the heart of Wayland Square for more than 30 years, Books on the Square offers an incredible selection of books for all ages. If you're traveling with your four-legged friends, they're always welcome to browse alongside you.
If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, head downtown to Cellar Stories. The largest used and rare bookstore in the smallest state features more than 70,000 volumes in stock at any given time. You can check out their inventory online, but with new stock added daily, why wouldn't you browse for that special treasure you didn't know you were looking for?
Lovecraft Arts & Sciences
Fans of weird fiction and local folklore will find great joy at Lovecraft Arts & Sciences, located inside the historic Arcade Providence. This bookstore and gift shop celebrates all things old, peculiar, strange, and unusual found in and around Providence. Of course, there's a nearly endless supply of works dedicated to the city's own H.P. Lovecraft.
A bookstore just blocks from two college campuses is bound to feature a robust arts and scholarly selection. Among its more than 25,000 volumes, Paper Nautilus offers a wide selection of work including that of local writers, past and present. While you peruse the shelves, don't forget to check out their eclectic mix of gifts and oddities.
Riffraff Bookstore + Bar
Are you somebody that likes to cozy up to a bar with a good book in hand? Well, you can save yourself a trip with a visit to Riffraff Bookstore + Bar, where you can browse a selection of curated books to go with a deliciously crafted cocktail. Grab a seat on the patio during the warmer months.
In the heart of bustling Westminster Street, Symposium Books offers a fabulous selection of new and used books at excellent prices. Pro tip: If you can't wait to crack open your new book, head next door to Small Point Cafe and grab a coffee and outside table!
If you're looking to visit Twenty Stories, you've got some unique options. In addition to their Fox Point storefront, you can find their teal bookmobile at a new location every weekend stocked with 20 curated books that are updated each month. Keep an eye out for events like readings, workshops and other fun community events.