From Vienna to Manassas, we've compiled NoVa's best bookstores that every bookworm needs to check out.
Bookstores are our ultimate happy place. Nothing beats stepping inside one to escape the outside world, if only temporarily, to peruse shelves of books waiting to be read. Not only are they refuges of knowledge, but they've also become amazing hang-out spots to connect with other people. Whether it's a book club, a writing workshop, or wine tastings, any of these five bookstores in NoVA will scratch your literary itch.
McKay Used Books
With a 4.6 star average out of over 1,500 reviews on Google, you know this place is worth the hype. They sell every possible genre of book, from thrillers and mysteries to crafting (their selection of cookbooks range in the thousands), as well as CDs, movies, and board/video games. Book addicts are bound to lose themselves within the shelves for an afternoon. You can also sell your own items for store credit and cash, which means more money for more books!
Address: 8345 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109
One More Page Books
Since 2011, One More Page Books has been the gathering place for fellow readers to congregate in their love of books, with a comforting ambiance and friendly staff. They host community events like book clubs, author talks, even craft nights and wine tastings. They're also massive wine and chocolate enthusiasts, so expect to find a lot of both around the shop. Is there a better combination? Take a look at their event calendar here.
Address: 2200 N Westmoreland Street, Arlington, VA 22213
This cozy bookstore, housed in the 100+-year-old Hibbs & Giddings building in Old Town Manassas, contains a treasure trove of unique and priceless finds. Along with a typical inventory of fiction and non-fiction, they offer a wide selection of rare or first-edition books. If you don't live nearby, they offer some of their inventory online through Amazon and AbeBooks. If you're a book collector, pay a visit to their store for your next exciting discovery—you never know what you'll find hiding in the shelves!
Address: 9129 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110
A women-owned business specializing in books and wine? 'Nuff said! Bards Alley references both Shakespeare and Harry Potter in its name, and the shelves cover just as much territory. Upon entering, guests can browse their well-stocked shelves and stop by their cafe for coffee, tea, wine, and craft beer. They host book clubs and authors events, and their staff is always happy to make personal recommendations for your next read. With thousands of books in circulation (and all that wine!) one visit at this amazing shop simply won't do!
Address: 110 Church Street NW, Vienna, VA 22180
Old Town Books
Recently opened in 2018, Old Town Books is a welcome addition to the historic Old Town Alexandria. They stock new titles for adults and children, and maintain a busy calendar of events each month, from sci-fi book clubs to the popular children's storytime. Workshops and classes are offered for aspiring writers who want to hone their craft, so you can dabble in travel writing or learn to write the perfect thriller novel. Check out their upcoming events here!
Address: 104 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA
**All photos courtesy of Facebook
Readers in Northern Virginia, what are your favorite local bookstores? Are there any we missed? Share your picks with us in the comments!