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Portsmouth Bookstores

One thing we love about Portsmouth is the number of boutiques and shops that line its brick sidewalks. During your visit, we recommend spending an afternoon strolling around downtown, popping into shops, stopping for a beer or coffee, and generally enjoying the historic port of Portsmouth. In particular, we love to browse Portsmouth bookstores, in search of our next vacation read. Next time you're visiting one of our Portsmouth boutique hotels, visit one of these three Portsmouth bookstores and pick up some new (or used!) books.

RiverRun Bookstore | 32 Daniel St, Portsmouth | (603) 431-2100

This independent Portsmouth bookstore recently moved to a new location, so you'll find an expanded selection of new and used books. The shop is known for its events, hosting local Seacoast authors and ones with a national following like Neil Gaiman and Jennifer Egan. RiverRun also runs its own small publishing house on site, publishing books of all genre. Stop in to browse their selection and pick up a local history book or the latest in fiction.

Sheafe Street Books | 29 Sheafe St, Portsmouth | (603) 498-5202

If you like the thrill of the hunt, you'll love this used bookstore that has books stacked at every turn. With cozy corners that invite you to curl up with a book, this Portsmouth bookstore invites its customers to browse its expansive collection of used books, all helpfully organized by topic. There's even a store cat! If it seems like you're in someone's living room, it's because, well, you are—the shop is part of owner Ken Kosick's house.

Portsmouth Book & Bar | 40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth | (603) 427-9197

If you prefer to combine happy hour with your book shopping, head to Book & Bar where a small cafe will keep you fed and quenched while you browse. Book & Bar hosts author readings, open mic, and live music nearly every night of the week. Open from 10 am to 10 pm (midnight on weekends), the menu at Book & Bar offers sandwiches, salads, and mezze plates. Enjoy a local draft beer or a glass of wine while you read the first few pages of your new book.