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Dallas’ Best Bookstores — From a Deep Ellum Retreat to a Fort Worth Escape

Where Reading is Still Celebrated

BY // 06.14.19

Despite the insane storms and random cold fronts, Dallas is inevitably heating up for summer. And whether you want a new mystery-thriller to read by the pool or bookstore bar to chill out at and escape the heat, Dallas-Fort Worth has some of the coolest book shops to do so.

From espresso sipping and reading havens to open mic poetry nights, here are the 5 best book stores in the metroplex.

Deep Vellum Books

3000 Commerce Street

Opened in 2016, this Deep Ellum bookstore is an independent spot to find local authors and beyond. There’s also a coffee shop and events constantly going on. The store specializes in small presses, women authors, authors of color, translations and Spanish language books.

From poetry open mics to writing workshops, Deep Vellum is a nice little bookshop to meet new people and learn.

The Wild Detectives

314 W. Eighth Street

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Located in the Bishop Arts district, this indie book shop doubles as a coffee shop and bar. It was founded by two Spanish civil engineers, Javier García del Moral and Paco Vique, in 2014. In the space, it’s encouraged to have a drink and converse with one another about ideas and books.

The Wild Detectives shop also hosts tons of events like readings, music shows, tastings, and screenings.

Wild Detectives
Bishop Art’s Wild Detectives hosts tons of events, and also has a bar.

Interabang Books

10720 Preston Road, Ste. 1009B

A bit newer, this indie book shop opened just two years ago in Preston Oaks. They offer a handpicked selection of books and gifts for kids and adults. They’ve hosted book signings with celebrity authors like actress Sally Field. This summer, Greg Matthews will be discussing his book Wild Awakening and Amy Daughters will stop by for a signing of You Cannot Mess This Up.

There are also book clubs for adults and young adults. With over 12,000 titles, there’s a lot to discover at this North Dallas shop.

Half Price Books

5803 E. Northwest Highway

Half Price Book’s flagship store is in Dallas. It’s so huge that you can get lost spending hours browsing its extensive collection of books, vinyl, movies and gifts. The store is also a prime spot for book signings and author events.

Its coffee shop, The Black Forest Coffee Shop, is great as well to grab an espresso before starting your journey down the many, many rows of bookcases.

Commonplace Books

1701 River Run, Ste. 161, Fort Worth

Recently expanded from Oklahoma City, Commonplace Books has opened a brand-new second location in Fort Worth. The shop was built from the ground up by a group of friends that wanted to create a place where people could build a lifelong relationship with books.

The Fort Worth spot is in the WestBend development. It’s very modern and Instagram-worthy, sure to attract a younger demographic. Technically a one-year pop-up for now, the brand hopes to stick around longer.

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