5 Unique Independent Bookstores In Charleston

Emma Colosia Emma Colosia


Charleston is a city full of history that can be seen and felt in its streets, monuments, parks, museums, and buildings. But its mysterious vintage vibe can also be felt through the pages of books. If you’re a bookworm or you’re just looking for a place to spend a quiet and cozy afternoon, don’t miss these independent bookstores in Charleston.


Unique independent bookstores in Charleston

1. Itinerant Literate Bookstop

Itinerant Literate offers new books and the best recommendations for your next literary adventure. They have a great selection of options for adults and children.

Where: 📍4824 Chateau Avenue N, Charleston


2. Buxton Books & Tour

Buxton Books is a pandora box of surprises. You will find books, author events, and fantastic book-based walking tours. Don’t miss their ghost tour, but beware, they will take you through a cemetery at night.

Where: 📍160 King Street, Charleston


3. Sullivan’s Trade A Book

Sullivan’s is a real treasure for book lovers. You can take your books and exchange them for new ones to devour. They have a gazillion books, and the sections are not marked but don’t worry, there’s always a friendly face to ask for help.

Where: 📍1303 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Suite 3, Mount Pleasant


4. Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More

Buy, sell, and trade books at Mr. K’s. Get ready to spend hours inside their bookstore. It will be a paradise for comic collectors and enthusiasts.

Where: 📍5070 International Boulevard North, Charleston


5. Blue Bicycle Books

Welcome to a hidden jewel in Charleston! Blue Bicycle might not be very big, but it’s full of unexpected vintage gems. You’ll find books from the 1800s and a newer selection for all types of bibliophiles.

Where: 📍420 King Street, Charleston



Featured image by Blue Bicycle Books @bluebicyclebooks.



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