Raise your hand if you completely lose track of time inside a bookstore. (Same.) We wander the aisles, browse the list of staff recommendations, attempt to justify buying ten books (hey, we could get stuck in traffic on the Jitney) and all of a sudden, we’re late for dinner. Below, five Hamptons bookstores we could explore all day.
The Best Neighborhood Bookstores in the Hamptons
Whether you’re having trouble deciding what to read next or you need a picture book for your baby nephew, BookHampton has you covered. This cozy East Hampton shop has been in business for more than 40 years, and they really know their stuff. We guarantee that at least one book on the extensive list of staff recommendations will spark your interest. (Or, better yet, ask the friendly staff in person.)
41 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-4939 or bookhampton.com
Warning: Once you set foot in this adorable indie bookstore in Sag Harbor, it’s tough to leave. You’ll want to order an Earl Grey from the tea bar inside the shop, grab a couple books from the vast selection, nab one of the comfy chairs and stay awhile.
20 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-808-3401 or harborbookssgh.com
Black Cat Books
A day trip to Shelter Island isn’t complete without a stop in Black Cat Books. Tucked into a two-level house, the used bookstore has a selection of more than 20,000 used, vintage and collectible books. If you’ve been searching for a first edition from your favorite author, there’s a good chance they have it.
54 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island; 631-725-8654 or blackcatbooks.com
It seems like something is always happening at this bustling bookstore. With frequent author signings and literary events, Southampton Books has a homey community vibe. And while the space can feel a bit cluttered, that’s only because it houses a treasure trove of recently released books, signed copies and rare editions.
16 Hampton Rd., Southampton; 631-283-0270 or southampton-books.com
This old-school bookstore features shelves packed to the brim with new and used books, extra-cozy chairs and a “cultural café” featuring writing workshops and movie screenings. (You might even run into your favorite author while you’re hunting for a new read.)
290 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-4926 or canios.wordpress.com