The Upper West Side Bookstore Crawl

New York, United States

Experience hosted by Emma

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Our "book crawl" will include stops at several classic bookstores, with something for everyone.

We'll visit 3 - 4 shops, with ample time to browse to your heart's content. Stops include my local favorites, such as a bookstore cafe that lets you print your own book, a cozy used bookshop with floor-to-ceiling shelves, and a modern indie shop with a killer collection of beautiful books, literary accessories, and irreverent greeting cards.

As we walk between stores, I'll give you some of the history of the Upper West Side, pointing out landmarks like famous hotels, theaters, statues, and even Banksy street art.

Tour is kid-friendly, and most of our stops are wheelchair-accessible.

(Note: There is no pressure to buy anything at these places. Sometimes it's wonderful to go book browsing just for the fun of it.)
Other things to note
WALKING DISTANCE: 1.25 miles

FOOD: Available at 1st bookstore

RESTROOMS: Available throughout tour

ACCESSIBILITY: Most stores are fully accessible. Please contact me with any questions.
Our "book crawl" will include stops at several classic bookstores, with something for everyone.

We'll visit 3 - 4 shops, with ample time to browse to your heart's content. Stops include my local favorites, such as a bookstore cafe that lets you print your own book, a cozy used bookshop with floor-to-ceiling shelves, and a modern indie shop with a killer collection of beautiful books, literary accessories, and irreverent greeting cards…

Meet your host, Emma

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I'm an Upper West Side resident and a lifelong book-lover. I studied English at Columbia and abroad across England, have taught every kind of writing from tech to poetry, and today I'm a writer and editor.

I love to spend my weekends browsing bookstores for my next read. This tour was put together with a lot of love to bring you to some of my favorite local spots.
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Where you'll be

We'll be stopping at a number of bookstores, mostly along Broadway, with an emphasis on used and independent local shops.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 110 reviews.

Sujin
December 2019
I’ve had a special experience by this book store tour. I could some recommendations about books. When we were walking, Emma explain to us about some buildings. It was a fascinating experience!
Akiko
December 2019
It was a very valuable experience.There were only wonderful bookstores that I couldn't find by myself. I really like it,so I will visit again during my stay . Emma was very kind any knowledgeable. I recommend this experience!
Heather
December 2019
Emma is a great host! She was kind, friendly, and took the time to personalize the tour for all of us. She even offered her advice (if we needed it) in the future after the tour. Would 100% recommend Emma and the bookstore tour:)
Didem
December 2019
I had a lovely afternoon on this tour. Emma was friendly and I appreciated the book recs she gave. The bookshops that we visited on the day aren't top-secret locations and one could easily find them independently. However, it was much more fun to connect with fellow book lovers and exchange ideas.
I had a lovely afternoon on this tour. Emma was friendly and I appreciated the book recs she gave. The bookshops that we visited on the day aren't top-secret locations and one coul…
Sunjoo
December 2019
Even though it was icy cold today it was a wonderful experience with Emma and the other guests, not to mention the great bookstores she introduced!
James
November 2019
Really fun and informative tour of a corner of the UWS and 3 unique bookshops. We live nearby but had never visited any of these locations before, and will definitely be back to all of them!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

Weather-appropriate clothing (layer, as we'll be going indoors & outdoors)