Is there anything in the world better than a good book? You can transport yourself to exotic lands, find yourself engaged in breathtaking stories and learn almost anything that you want to know about the world. Truly, books are magical in their own right, and we can access their magic any time with only the flip of a page. At these Ottawa book stores the magic never has to end, because their supplies of books are seemingly endless. Vast seas of biographies, graphic novels, text books, fiction, poetry and more wait on these shelves, ready to take you away. Get lost in a grand epic or expand your knowledge of the world around you. Pick up something new and exciting, or get your hands on a time-honored classic. Whatever your preferences are, these unique Ottawa bookstores are sure to have exactly what you’re looking for.

1).  Octopus Books
116 Third Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2K1, Canada

This radical book shop on Third Avenue is your one-stop shop for empowering, informative and insightful reads. Here you can find books, graphic novels and more to increase your knowledge and understanding of the world, entertain your mind and introduce you to new concepts and ideas.

2). Perfect Books
258 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9, Canada

Perfect Books offers one of the widest selections of fiction, non-fiction and textbooks that you will come across in the entire Ottawa area, all laid out in an especially easy and organized manner so that you can find what you need in no time at all.

3). Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar
1073 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9, Canada

Does anything pair better with a good book than a cup of delicious coffee? We certainly don’t think so, and neither do the people of Ottawa. This local treasure is the one-stop shop for anybody looking to bolster their bookshelves and their minds, with the calming relaxation of a comfortable reading environment and the pick-me-up provided by top-notch espresso and other coffee drinks.

4). All Books
327 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y4, Canada

The wall-to-wall selection at All Books on Rideau Street is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for, and perhaps a few unexpected finds for you to pick up as well. This store is a browser’s dream come true, as you can get lost for hours in the immersive and ever-impressive collection of titles and authors.

5).  Books on Beechwood
35 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, ON K1M 1M1, Canada

Friendly staff and a wide selection of books across all genres make Books on Beechwood a local gem for lovers of the written word. In the unlikely event that they don’t have the exact title that you’re looking for, don’t worry! The accommodating members of staff will happily place it on order for you!

6). Singing Pebble Books
206 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6, Canada

This calm and atmospheric book store provides not only an impeccable selection of eclectic titles and unexpected finds, but also nifty trinkets and other items that are sure to pique the interest of any book lover in Ottawa and beyond. Enjoy your most recently-purchased novel while sipping on a delicious latte, or get lost for hours in browsing the old and new titles that fill the shelves.

7). Book Bazaar
417 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y6, Canada

Two floors packed wall-to-wall with books makes Book Bazaar one of the premier bookstores in the entire Ottawa region. Not only will you find your favorite literary classics, but Book Bazaar is known for its wide selection of harder-to-find reads that you aren’t likely able to get anywhere else in the city.

8). Haven Books
43 Seneca St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4X2, Canada

Haven Books is known for being the more reasonably-priced alternative for students looking to find textbooks for their academic pursuits without spending an arm and a leg on their necessary literature. New and used textbooks and other books that you’ll need through the academic year fill the shelves at prices that can’t be beaten.

9).  Librarie du Soleil
33 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5, Canada

If you are looking for a French bookstore that has everything, look no further than Librairie du Soleil on George Street in downtown Ottawa! Their massive selection of both English and French literature is sure to be a hit for any book lover, and the service at this book store places Librarie du Soleil above many competitors.

10). Chapters
47 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5W8, Canada

There are a lot of good reasons as to why Chapters is the go-to bookstore for nearly everybody in Ottawa. Two stories filled with shelves that are crammed with books of every genre are sure to delight any literary lover!