An employee shelves a book at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
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Third Place Books has locations in Ravenna, in Seward Park near Columbia City Station, and in Lake Forest Park near the future Stride bus rapid transit line.

Reading 'train' bow: cozy bookstores to visit near 1 Line stations in Seattle

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When the weather turns cold and rainy (or even snowy!) as it sometimes does in the PNW, here are some incredible bookstores along the 1 Line where the words on a page can transport you to sunnier skies, have you fall in love with your favorite characters, or simply get lost in a good story. 

Third Place Books  

Location: 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 

Distance from Station: About 0.3 miles from Columbia City Station 

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – 7 days a week 

Nestled in the heart of Seward Park, Third Place Books offers more than just a vast collection of books. This community-centered bookstore is known for its warm ambiance and a welcoming environment where book lovers can explore a diverse selection of titles. With an impressive collection of new and used books, an inviting cafe, and regular author events and readings, Third Place Books has become a cherished hub for literary enthusiasts and locals alike. 

Elliott Bay Book Company 

Location: 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 

Distance from Station: About 0.4 miles from Capitol Hill Station 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – 7 days a week 

A beloved institution in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Elliott Bay Book Company stands as a haven for bibliophiles seeking a curated selection of books across various genres. Established in 1973, this iconic independent bookstore showcases an extensive range of literary works, including a rich assortment of rare editions and hard-to-find titles. Its cozy reading spaces, knowledgeable staff, and frequent literary events make it a cherished destination for both locals and visitors seeking an immersive literary experience. 

Ada's Technical Books and Café 

Location: 425 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 

Distance from Station: About 0.6 miles from Capitol Hill Station

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – 7 days a week 

A true gem for the intellectually curious, Ada's Technical Books and Café blends the worlds of science, technology, and literature under one roof. Catering to tech enthusiasts and those with a penchant for learning, this bookstore offers an impressive collection of technical literature, DIY guides, and scientific resources. Its combination with a cozy café fosters an environment where customers can savor a cup of coffee while engaging in thought-provoking conversations and exploring innovative ideas. 

University Book Store  

Location: 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 

Distance from Station: About 0.1 miles from U District Station

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Mon-Sat and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays

A cornerstone of the University of Washington community, the University Book Store has been serving students, faculty, and the public since 1900. Beyond its extensive array of textbooks and academic materials, this bookstore boasts a vast selection of general interest books, university merchandise, and gifts. Embracing the university's spirit, the store often hosts book signings, lectures, and engaging events, fostering a lively atmosphere that sparks intellectual curiosity. 

A display table of books
Photo courtesy of University Book Store

Open Books: A Poem Emporium 

Location: 108 Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98104 

Distance from Station: About 0.2 miles from Pioneer Square Station 

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. – Wed-Sat and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays 

Dedicated exclusively to poetry, Open Books: A Poem Emporium celebrates the art form with an extensive collection of contemporary and classic poetry from renowned and emerging poets alike. This independent bookstore encourages patrons to immerse themselves in the power of language and verse. Its intimate setting and knowledgeable staff create a haven for poetry enthusiasts to discover new works and engage in the beauty of poetic expression. 

Kinokuniya Seattle 

Location: 525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104 

Distance from Station: About 0.1 miles from International District/Chinatown Station 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – 7 days a week 

Stepping into Kinokuniya Seattle feels like entering a realm of literary and cultural wonder. As a Japanese bookstore, it offers a unique assortment of Japanese books, manga, anime, stationery, and more. This bookstore is a true delight for enthusiasts of Japanese pop culture and language learners seeking an immersive experience. With a welcoming and knowledgeable staff, Kinokuniya provides a distinctive cultural touch in the heart of Seattle's International District. 

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery 

Location: 1201 S Vale St, Seattle, WA 98108 

Distance from Station: About 0.2 miles from Beacon Hill Station 

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Mon-Sat and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays 

A haven for graphic novel enthusiasts, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery showcases an exceptional collection of alternative comics, graphic novels, and indie publications. As a publisher of comic books, the store features a unique selection of independent and avant-garde works from both local and international artists. The attached gallery showcases original artwork and illustrations, making it a must-visit destination for fans of visual storytelling. 

The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery 

Location: 1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144 

Distance from Station: About 0.3 miles from Beacon Hill Station 

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Mon-Fri and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Saturday and Sunday 

More than just a coffee shop, The Station combines the love for literature with a warm cafe ambiance. Located near the Beacon Hill light rail station (with a second location coming soon near Columbia City Station!), it serves as a cozy community space where visitors can enjoy coffee, pastries, and light bites while browsing a small but carefully curated selection of books. The welcoming atmosphere and its commitment to supporting local artists and writers make it a cherished spot for readers and writers alike. 

People stand and sit at tables in a coffee shop
Photo courtesy of The Station