Vancouver, British Columbia, is noted for its laidback West Coast atmosphere and attracts both hipsters and hippies. It is also known for its rain in the autumn, winter, and spring, which makes bookstores the ideal spot to hang out and discover some secret treasures. As the rain and freezing weather converge on Vancouver, the city's numerous bookstores offer a warm respite for book lovers and bookworms alike.
There will still be somewhere to enjoy an afternoon searching the shelves, with an array of bookstores specializing in everything from the new must-reads to vintage and out-of-print books.
For rainy-day bookstore lovers, Canada's largest city is a browser's heaven –and many intriguing new shops have broken open their covers here in recent years, contributing to a bulging bookcase of older indie favorites beloved by dog-eared locals. Do you need a place to go on a rainy day? Check out the top three bookstores in Vancouver.
Kitsilano's Banyen Books & Sounds
Banyen Books & Sounds in Kitsilano has been offering spiritual and healing services to people in need of a lift for body, mind, and soul since 1970. The shop is a treasure chest of New Age titles, from self-help to yoga sutras, and it features events and readings on subjects ranging from fitness to how to achieve enlightenment. Crystals, sculptures, therapy CDs, poetry, gazing balls, tarot cards, and other spiritual aids are all available at the shop.
Gastown's MacLeod's Books
This downtown Vancouver establishment first opened its doors in 1964. MacLeod's is home to thousands of books, ranging from classic literature to out-of-print copies and unusual antiquarian delights, all stacked high in the Pender Street maze. Visiting celebrities also stop by to browse the books and search for hidden gems.
Indigo, Canada's largest bookstore chain, is located in downtown Toronto. Parts Indigo has a new location on Robson Street, where you can find new books by Canadian and foreign writers. Indigo sells its own line of quirky homeware and everything from yoga mats and candles to reading socks and framed frames, and it's worth a visit to see the team picks and selected collections.
Consider a place that is wordy, funky, artsy, and connected. Vancouver is the venue. When it's not an emporium of literary delights, it's a neighborhood gathering place where people meet to talk, communicate, and coordinate. Vancouver's bookstores mirror the city's varied demographics, with everything from metaphysical bookstores to comic book stores and used book dens that draw serious collectors from around the world. Many used and unusual bookstores can be found in Gastown, Kitsilano, and on Main Street or Commercial Drive.