The Best Independent Bookstores in Minneapolis

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Despite the fact that Amazon has become the go-to place for many aspects of our shopping, independent bookstores still have a niche market. Who doesn’t like browsing the shelves looking for a great read, right? Read on for our take on the best independent bookstores in Minneapolis and the surrounding area.

  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers – 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis: Reviewers on Google describe this place as the “best one-stop book shop in Minneapolis” with a vast selection of books from mass market paperbacks to collectible editions. Magers & Quinn also is known for its support of authors and hosts numerous author events.
  • Common Good Books – 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul: Garrison Keillor’s bookstore is known for promoting local authors, who often have readings there. Google reviewers say, “This bookstore makes me want to read” and “The staff encourage me to explore something new.” Just like Lake Wobegon, Common Good Books gives one a quaint and secluded feeling.
  • Birchbark Books & Native Arts – 2115 W. 21st, Minneapolis: This is more than one of the many independent bookstores in Minneapolis – it’s also a haven for handmade art and native culture items. Reviewers on Google say that they could spend hours here and note the unparalleled collection of native books.
  • Once Upon a Crime – 604 W. 26th, Minneapolis: If you’re into mystery books, this is your place. This store is so committed to the mystery genre that it publishes local authors under its own label. Reviewers on Google note the helpful staff, knowledgeable owners and numerous author events as reasons to shop here. There’s even a back hallway where you can find some rarities.
  • Wild Rumpus – 2720 West 43rd, Minneapolis: This fun store for kids has cats and a chicken running around. Google reviewers say, “It’s so imaginative especially with the broken ice and upside down canoe on the ceiling” and “This is my go-to spot whenever I need a children’s gift — they even wrap it for you!”


No matter your favorite genre, there are independent bookstores in Minneapolis and St. Paul for your taste. So next time you’re looking for a good read, plan a day at independent bookstores in Minneapolis!


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