Books, books and more books! These seven independent book shops in Leeds will help you fill up your shelves with loads of great reads.
There’s nothing quite like visiting your local independent bookshop to find your next must-read. It might feel like an activity from days gone by, but these little stores are the lifeblood of the literary world, where you can pick up that book you’ve long been looking for or discover something you never would have found elsewhere. From kid-friendly stores to comic book shops and everything in between, here’s where to go when you’re shopping for your next book.
Colours May Vary
One of the coolest independents in Leeds, Colours May Vary isn’t your usual book store. Instead of novels, they sell a brilliant collection of art and design publications that you won’t find elsewhere on the high street. They have coffee tables and shelves full of books on everything from architecture to photography, typography and illustration, alongside imported publications from around the world. Looking for something completely special? Flick through their selection of rare vintage mags.
Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.
With over 10,000 books in stock at any one time, it’s no wonder Chevin Books in Otley has become one of the best book shops in Yorkshire. This is the place to go if you’re looking for something extra special – their shelves are full of rare books you won’t find online or in other bookstores. They have a host of specialist areas, from military and history to art, sport and the topography of Great Britain, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, their expert staff can always help you.
Chevin Books, 1 Bay Horse Court, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 1SB.
If you like comic books and graphic novels, OK Comics is the book shop in Leeds you have to visit. It’s an internationally renowned store that was once nominated for the prestigious Comic Con awards. They have almost every genre you can imagine on their well-stocked shelves, from superheroes to fantasy, anime and even rare editions you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Can’t afford to buy? They run a graphic novel lending library, which allows you to take your pick of classics like Avengers Vs X-Men or Giant Days to read for two weeks, then give back, all without paying a penny.
OK Comics, 19 Thornton’s Arcade, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.
The Little Bookshop
The Little Bookshop is the only independent children’s book shop in Leeds. The team are experts in children’s literature and everything they do here is focussed on encouraging young people to read. Their collection is vast, with everything from picture books to short stories and young adult novels. Not sure where to start? Their team are experts when it comes to children’s literature, so they can help you find the perfect book, whether you’re shopping for toddlers or teens.
The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
Phillip Howard Books
This family-run independent bookshop in the heart of Roundhay has been a must-visit for over 20 years. It’s only small, but the shelves are packed – you can find the latest titles in hardback and paperback, as well as a host of newly-printed versions of the classics. They have a handful of specialist areas too, from Northern English culture to sport, travel and children’s literature. Their passion runs through everything they do, and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, you can take advantage of their speedy ordering service.
Philip Howard Books, 47 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1AP.
Village is one of the few independent bookshops in Leeds where you can browse a collection of self-published zines and books from local and international artists. You can also choose from their extensive and carefully curated selection of art, fashion and design books. Prefer a good novel? They stock special edition hard and paperback versions of classic fiction titles. If you like what you see downstairs, head upstairs to their gallery space, which showcases the work of emerging artists.
Village, 3 Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.
The Grove is one of the best-known independent bookshops in the country, a reputation that has grown over the 40 years since. They take great pride in tailoring their stock to their customers, so while you can certainly get all the big releases on hardback and classic novels in paperback, there’s much more on offer here. They hand-pick new, exciting and unusual titles to champion up and coming writers, as well as stocking up specialist areas like politics, current affairs, the environment and local history.
The Grove, 10 The Grove, Ilkley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS29 9EG.