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15+ Best Bookstores in Michigan: Marvelous Michigan Book Store to Check Out

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15+ Best Michigan Bookstores

The best bookstores in Michigan are the ones that keep you coming back, looking for another bound treasure.

And what’s a summer in Michigan without reading (or winter, spring and fall for that matter)?

There is something wonderful about holding a physical book in your hand and finding a quiet nook to read and dream.

Lucky for you, Michigan is filled with many bookstore shops waiting for you. Whether an independent bookstore, a themed book store or a book shop snuggled into a national lakeshore, Michigan has a bookstore for you.

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About Michigan Bookstores

Savvy travelers know that you can learn a lot about a town from its local bookstore. Bookstores offer a unique way to explore travel destinations, each store curated to the surrounding town and environment.

Michigan is home to many amazing bookstores: spots where you’ll discover that wonderful ink and paper smell that can only be found in rooms dedicated to holding many awaited stories to read.

From browsing new reads or grabbing a coffee to just relaxing and meeting a friend to discuss the classics in a calming and warm environment, the best Michigan bookstores listed below are sure to offer experiences to remember.

 Read on for 16 Best Bookstores in Michigan, and happy reading!

Horizon books in traverse City
Horizon Books in Traverse City

Best Bookstores in Northern Michigan

Cottage Bookshop

Where: 5989 S Lake St, Glen Arbor MI 49636

A charming, historic log cabin filled with books and fueled by a team of positive staff; what more could you ask for in a book shop? How about being nestled right inside Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore?

Cottage Bookshop in Glen Arbor has a classic vintage bookstore environment. It’s much-loved by travelers for its large regional book collection; filled with histories of and stories about northern Michigan, Glen Arbor, Empire, Glen Lake, and the surrounding area.

Set in log cabin structure that is both significant and valued in the Glen Arbor community, it’s a classic stop for those vacationing and needing a read for the many surrounding beautiful beaches that Glen Arbor has to offer. You’ll also find a collection of artworks and prints from local artists.

PRO-TIP: Stick around Glen Arbor long enough to enjoy a great Glen Arbor restaurant.

Horizon Books

Where: 243 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Family-owned Horizon Bookstore has been delighting readers from not just Michigan, but the entire country, since 1961. This popular bookstore on Front Street is a draw not just for readers, but for authors, too.

Horizon Bookstore is a regular stop for many well-known authors on book tours, some of whom allow a couple of extra days to explore beautiful Traverse City. Book signings and book talks are big here, too: watch their website for updates; you can staff picks here, too. 

With three floors filled with endless bookshelves and two cafes, it’s easy to spend an entire day here comfortably. 

Horizon Books also acts a cultural center of sorts, too, a friendly spot near Grand Traverse Bay where people can gather in a shared love of reading. 

Island Bookstore

Where: 7372 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757

One step inside this enchanting Mackinac Island bookstore and you’ll know that you are someplace special.  

Specializing in Mackinac-specific reads, the Island Bookstore features books that tell the stories of Michigan and this unique, caught-in-a-time-capsule Island. From Mackinac Island fiction, and non-fiction, to Mackinac calendars and more, this bookstore is a classic to stop by during your adventures on Mackinac Island vacation.

Open from May to October, this is a must-visit on any Mackinac Island tip.  

PRO-TIP: The dashing vintage streets and surrounding blue waters of Lake Huron will inspire your creativity and curiosity, and what better way to rejuvenate than relaxing with a book inspired by the Island you’re located on!

McLean and Eakin Booksellers

Where: 307 E Lake St. Petoskey, MI 49770

Located in downtown Petoskey, this indie bookstore is known far and wide by authors, readers, librarians and booksellers alike. It’s a true northern Michigan gem, and stays up-to-date with the best-selling Indie (independent publishers) titles for all ages.

With the wooden shelves, showcase windows and an eye-catching red banner sign, it’s hard to miss this popular Lake Street stop.

McLean and Eakin Booksellers opened in 1992 by Julie Norcross and is now owned by her son Mattand his wife Jessilynn. The couple works hard to continue to build the sense of community the bookstore brings to Petoskey and cherish all the Indie releases.

Authors love to stop by this cherished store in nothern Michigan, and in addition to book signings, you’ll find other events like books clubs and book talks. Don’t miss it.

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Best Bookstores in the Upper Peninsula

Snowbound Books

Where: 118 N 3 rd St, Marquette, MI, 49855

What else could a bookstore in the far reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula be called? And what sounds better than being snowbound with books?  

Located in Marquette, a visit to Snowbound Bookstore is one you’ll surely remember. With its distinct, appealing dark green colored brick building and lined wooden shelves, Snowbound Bookstore is unique and eye-catching.

Originally opening in 1984, it has proven to be one of the oldest and most thriving bookstores in the Upper Peninsula. You’ll find a mix of both new and used here, too. Specializing in Michigan-specific reads, this thriving spot is a must on your Upper Peninsula travel bucket list.

Literati Books in Ann Arbor Michigan
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Best Bookstores in Southeast Michigan

John K. King Used and Rare Books

Where: 901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

John K. King Used and Rare Books is a special place. In fact, it’s a one-of-a-kind, Michigan bookstore that you can’t miss on any trip to Detroit.

It’s not only Michigan’s largest used books store, it’s easily one of the world’s best bookstores. With four floors and more than 900 categories of books, there really IS something for everyone here.

John King books is something of legend, and it all started when well-known and friendly owner John. K. King decided to buy a large, abandoned factory building in downtown Detroit. King, who has grow into local celebrity, filled this factory with books and even more books.

The result is a massive reading respository. You’ll even find a special rare book room that includes first editions, autographs, and more. Organized by genre, this bookstore is a magical and enticing treasure hunt for the many different stories hidden within the endless shelves and multiple floors.

Get lost in the awaiting possibilities and ideas that John K. King provides within his unique and memorable Michigan bookstore.

Literati Bookstore

Where: 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor Michigan, Literati won acclaim when it was named Bookstore of the Year in 2019, attracting book lovers throughout Michigan and beyond.

Literati is a draw for those seeking a chic, welcoming environment with warm inviting lighting and simplistic décor. It’s a place to readers to explore and find the books that feed their minds and souls.

Inspired by a belief in the importance of bookstores, the shop opened in March 2013 and has grown into one of the top bookstores in Michigan. Literati is not only just a bookstore but a safe space for communities of book lovers to connect and grow through book clubs, author-featured readings, poetry nights, and more.

Bookshelves at one of the best bookstores in michigan

West Michigan Bookstores

Books and Mortar

Where: 966 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

This gem of a bookstore is located in downtown Grand Rapids, just down the street from Brewery Vivant, one of Michigan’s top craft breweries.

Known as a progressive and friendly independent selling book shop, you’ll find a passionate sense of community here. That sense fuels this shop and welcomes all customers, providing readers the chance to enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Books and Mortar offers many ways to get involved with the Grand Rapids reading community through events and reading challenges. Not only does the store sell a wide variety of book titles, but also sells gifting options, accessories, cards, and stationery.

The BookNook Java Shop

Where: 8744 Ferry St, Montague, MI 49437

The BookNook Java Shop is another great Michigan bookstore and café in one. Not only do they serve an appetizing menu, but The BookNook Java Shop is also a venue for live music. It’s a fun space for all those who appreciate good books, food, and music to gather and connect.

You’ll find an inviting, warm atmosphere and twinkling string lights provide a space for relaxation and creativity.

Best of all? Honest and in-depth reviews and recommendations of books are encouraged and valued among the staff.

The BookNook of Saugatuck

Where: 439 Butler St, Saugatuck, MI 49452

Located on the bustling streets of Saugatuck, The BookNook of Saugatuck is a go-to bookstore in west Michigan. They’re open daily in-season (May-September) and on weekends off-season.

Owned by a local school librarian, this charming bookstore fits its name well. With many different books, puzzles, photography, and literary gifts to offer, this small-town gem makes the list of favorite Michigan bookstores.

Saugatuck is a great location to travel and explore Michigan. Be sure and use our guide to the top hotels in Saugatuck if you decide to stay overnight.

Reader’s World

Where: 194 S River Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Located in the popular beach town of Holland Michigan, this bookstore has remained a steady favorite shop of those exploring downtown Holland.

Right next to Holland State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan, this bookstore is a great stop to make on your way to the beach for an enjoyable read or for something to relax with while taking a break and enjoying a meal around the area.

Locally owned since 1967, this quaint bookstore stands tall with history and lovely staff that welcome you with warm smiles and friendly book recommendations. From bestselling books to an endless selection of cool magazines, this bookstore is a local favorite and tradition to visit!

Schuler Books

Where: 2260 28 th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

If you ever find yourself near the growing city of Grand Rapids, indulge yourself with a stop at the Schuler Books headquarters. Not only is this sprawling bookstore filled with room to browse your favorite books, it also offers a café indoors open for in-person dining.

You can find a good read and order a fresh-made sandwich or coffee all in the same place- score! Comfortable reading places and nooks can be found all over the store, and the cozy atmosphere and wide variety of books to sell welcome readers of all ages and interests.

Awarded with Best Bookstore in Grand Rapids, Schuler Bookstore is successful in supporting both national and local authors. With its convenient location, the Grand Rapids Schuler Bookstore is a popular stop for many different book tours.

This is a bookstore and Bookbug

Where: 3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Both an independent community bookstore and a literature-inspired café and bar, this bookstore is a popular place to go for all readers located in Kalamazoo Michigan.

This Michigan bookstore makes sure to bring its A-game when it comes to strengthening the experience of readers and spreading the joy that book culture can create. With open floors and glowing bulb lights, and nooks to find a comfotable place to sit and read, a very inviting space awaits the readers for an indulgent treat.

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Top Bookstores in Mid-Michigan

Bestseller’s Books and Coffee Co.

Where: 360 S Jefferson St, Mason, MI 48854

A coffee shop and bookstore in one? Count me in!

About 15 miles south of Lansing, MI, Bestseller’s Books and Coffee Co. opened as a bookstore in 1997 and later added its coffee shop in 2002.

Bestseller’s Books and Coffee Co. brews a variety of coffee and also offers a wine and beer bar. They also own The Vault Deli next door, so visiting customers can order a delicious sandwich while enjoying the atmosphere of the bookstore.

Set inside a historic building, this bookstore also has event rooms to hold public and private parties.

Curious Book Shop

Where: 307 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

This quint and charming brick bookstore checks the box for nostalgia! The Curious Book Shop offers a wide range of affordable and gently used books, while also selling rare editions of other book titles.

Celebrating 51 years, this Michigan bookstore is passionate about serving its customers to the best of its ability. The smell of old books, stories, and a new adventure awaiting is sure to fill the air when you step through the entrance of the bookstore.

With two available floors to browse and look over, find your next read, and create a new fond memory by stopping in the Curious Book Shop that nestles on Grand River Ave.

Stirling Books and Brew

Where: 119 N Superior St, Albion, MI 49224

This Michigan bookstore carries a great selection of new and used books, and includes a full-service café with bubble tea, and sells locally made products, too.

As quoted from their website, Stirling Books and Brew makes sure that “Being together is our “why.” Books and coffee are our “how””.

It’s a cozy spot to meet a friend, browse the shelves and find some new reads, or simply study and work in an open available space.

More Top Bookstores in Michigan 

  • Between the Covers in Harbor Springs 
  • Book Beat in Oak Park, MI
  • Brilliant Books in Traverse City and Suttons Bay  
  • Dawn Treader Book Shop in Ann Arbor 
  • Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo 
  • Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor 
  • West Side Books in Ann Arbor

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About the Author-

Ella Graber is a content writing Intern for My Michigan Beach. She grew up in the Grand Rapids area of Michigan and is currently attending Grand Valley State University, majoring in writing. Creative writing has been an interest of Ella’s ever since middle school, and she continues to be inspired by reading and writing. She is excited to share her love of the great state of Michigan. Outside of writing, Ella can be found enjoying the outdoors on runs and walks, exploring new coffee shops, and visiting the beautiful Michigan beaches with friends.

Anish Ram

Monday 6th of June 2022

Brilliant article!

My Michigan Beach Team

Monday 6th of June 2022

Thanks so much for your feedback! So happy to hear that you enjoyed it.