It is no secret that New Orleans is a city with its own unique charm and culture. One of my favorite ways to explore New Orleans is to check out some of the city’s local bookstores. Listed below are some of the best bookstores in the city.

1. Blue Cypress Books

If you’re looking for a new spot close to campus to find your next favorite book, then Blue Cypress Books is the place for you! Located on Oak Street, Blue Cypress Books is the perfect oasis for book lovers. The store features new and used books for great prices, and the staff are very helpful and eager to give you the best recommendations. As if this bookstore couldn’t get any better, Blue Cypress Books has an adorable bookstore cat, making this cozy bookstore feel even more homey.

2. Octavia Books

Voted best locally owned bookstore in New Orleans by Gambit in 2021, it is no secret that Octavia Books is a haven for book lovers. Located at the corner of Octavia and Laurel street, Octavia Books is an independent book store that features a hand-picked selection of literature. The staff is very friendly and helpful, making this beautiful bookstore the best of the best.

3. Faulkner House Books

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Faulkner House books is a literary wonderland. The bookstore was once inhabited by William Faulkner himself, and continues to be a sanctuary for fans of classical and modern literature. This unique bookstore is a epicenter of New Orlean’s charm and a perfect spot to check out if interested in learning more about the city.

4. Community Center Books

Community Center Books is a Black-owned-and-operated local bookstore located in the Seventh Ward. The bookstore offers the finest selection of African-centered books and items. The bookstore is a epicenter of community with guest authors, book readings, and great vibes.

5. Crescent City Books

Crescent City Books is a local New Orleans book store that specializes in rare, out-of-print, and used books. Open 7 days a week, this beautiful bookstore is a perfect place to explore if looking to find a new book and see more of the city.

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Josie McRoberts
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