Where to Find Your Next Book in New Haven

World Book Day is April 23! Celebrate by exploring one of New Haven’s beloved bookstores and picking up a new beach read for the summer. Whether you’re a BookTok reader or have a taste for classic literature, there’s nothing better than scanning the shelves of your favorite bookstore. Here are four must-visit bookstores waiting for you in New Haven. 

Book Trader Cafe

Established in 1998, Book Trader Cafe is an independent bookstore located in the heart of the Yale campus. With more than 16,000 titles in stock, Book Trader also serves up delicious gourmet sandwiches, soups, coffee, and pastries made on site.

Grey Matter Books

A used bookshop with an emphasis on the arts and sciences, literature, and humanities, Grey Matter Books is a destination for used and rare books. Packed with carefully selected and affordably priced volumes, readers will thrive in this book-hunting destination.


Located on the first floor of the Yale British Art Museum, Atticus Bookstore Cafe opened its doors in 1975. A book worm’s dream, Atticus offers a unique selection of books coupled with delicious pastries and a great atmosphere.

Yale Bookstore

Home to the finest selection of Yale insignia and academia paraphernalia, the Yale Bookstore has everything from books, collectibles, and apparel.

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