A good book is the perfect companion for any occasion, whether you’re spending a lazy Sunday at the beach or trying to survive a hectic Monday morning commute. To help you find your perfect read, here are some top bookstores in the Hamptons.
Black Cat Books, Shelter Island
With more than 20,000 titles available, you’ll never be stuck for something to read. The owners carefully consider the collection of books that they stock, but their opening hours are known to be pretty sporadic in the low season so be sure to call ahead.
Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor
This Hamptons institution has been operating since 1980 and offers a huge selection of poetry, modern classics, and anything else that’s readable. It’s also the location of regular lectures, workshops, and seminars and is a real gem for literary lovers. Keep an eye on their website for regular event announcements.
Southampton Books, Southampton
Southampton Books stocks titles spanning pretty much any genre you can think of, and their quarterly-curated list of bestsellers will help you choose. There are also regular trivia nights and book parties.
Harper’s Books, East Hampton
This is a combined bookstore and gallery, and as such, they specialize in rare photography, art, and literary books. They also host year-round photography and fine art shows including the New York Book Fair. Spend an hour enjoying the art on display, then select a book and relax in their cafe with an espresso or a Prosecco.
Harbor Books and Dobra Tea, Sag Harbor
Harbor Books is designed to allow you to spend hours enjoying the space, so set aside full afternoons to visit this Long Island treasure. On sale is everything from fiction to cookbooks, to children's stories. The tea shop in the back is the perfect place to hunker down with your latest literary purchase. They even have their very own Spotify playlist that you can stream as you read.