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Blue Bicycle Books

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Best Shopping: Charleston's only downtown used bookstore, Blue Bicycle Books on King Street specializes in "used, rare, and local" books. This store has a vintage, cozy feel inside, and has much more depth than apparent from the outside. Blue Bicycle Books carries over 50,000 volumes of new and used books, and has been voted the Charleston area's Best Book Store many times over. Blue Bicycle Books also hosts numerous in-store events and book signings, as well as a kid's summer writing camp called Write of Summer and Y'ALL Fest, a young adults book festival featuring the country's bestselling young adult lit authors! Visit their online store at for signed books and Charleston themed takeaways.

Christmas Shopping: Do you have any reading lovers on your Christmas list this year? Don't miss stopping in at Charleston beloved little new, used, and rare book store on Upper King. Just look for a bike rack out front, a blue bike stacked with a few used books, and the shop cat sitting in the window. Here, you'll be surprised by how far back this tiny shopfront extends, and the extensive nature of their book collection, as well as just how knowledgeable their staff is about their stock. The book offerings at Blue Bicycle Books are affordable for all budgets and relevant to all genres.


420 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

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Expert Tips by Clare Sweeney

Charleston Local Expert

Best Shopping: "If you're planning to spend some time exploring Upper King, pay to park in the lot adjacent to Blue Bicycle Books - its a $10 flat rate for all day parking."

Christmas Shopping: "Check the Blue Bicycle Books website for upcoming events and author book signings!"

Recommended as Best Shopping Because: Blue Bicycle Books has been Charleston's little book shop that could for nearly 20 years, with an unseen collection of Charleston themed novels and cookbooks.

Best for Christmas Shopping Because: The charming Blue Bicycle Books makes our list for its integrity and solid sense of place among an increasingly chain-run industry.

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