It always feels good to shop local, so why don’t you take the practice out of the grocery store and onto your bookshelves? Here are the indie bookstores in Toronto that will keep you out of the big box bookstore.
It would be easy to walk by this store in Kensington and dismiss as a cookware store only. But that would be wrong. The store is petite, but manages to pack a punch, carrying a wide range of cooking and baking books, both beautiful and useful. There’s also beautiful kitchen tchotchkes a small selection of novels, magazines and zines.
Having just recently closed it’s Annex location, Book City is now found in three spots in Toronto: Beaches, St. Clair, and Danforth. Book City has been owned by four generations of booksellers in the same family and have been opened since 1976, making Book City of Toronto’s local bookstore pioneers.
You know TYPE is a magical place before you even step into the store because their rotating window displays are fantastically gorgeous creations. Once inside, you’ll quickly discover an incredibly curated store. If you’re looking for your next favourite book or a gift for someone else, you can rest assured that TYPE has what you’re looking for, even if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
BMV stocks a huge selection of used books, old and new, most of which certainly don’t feel very used. Very rarely are you buying a dog-eared yellowed copy from BMV. Their headquarters on Bloor Street in the Annex is 15,000 square feet of book loving booty. They’re open late most nights making BMV a guiding light for book lovers near and far.
The Monkey’s Paw
Curiousities, rare books, the old and the unusual call The Monkey’s Paw home. The Dundas West antiquarian shop is also home to the Biblio-Mat, a vending machine that dispenses random old books for $2.
This non-profit organization’s storefront is an art lovers delight. All publications sold at Art Metropole are artist-initiated and the organization and store are artist-run. So they really keep it in the family. Stumble in and you will find some of the most beautiful, unique texts in the city.