Renaissance Books call themsleves an eclectic bookshop. They are in business for over 30 years.
They sell Art & Illustrated Books, Literature, Modern First editions, Poetry, Books on Books, Ist Nations, BC History,Children's Books and much more.
All and all there are 30.000 books for sale.
What to buy: Books.
What to pay: Low prices.
At the entrance of this bookstore you will always find stuff for sale, can be books, cd's or cool stationery. This is also a popular meeting point in downtown as many buses' stop is just in front of it. It has a Starbucks upstairs and I don't know but the smell of the books together with coffee was delicious for me hehe! So come in, , sit and enjoy a caramel macciato while reading a nice book.
This famous bookstore is located in downtown Victoria. It offers a wide selection of books on all subjects from Canadian, Amercian and British authors as well as books in French. The wall hangings were made by the canadian artist Crole Sabiston. Go inside even if you're not going to buy a book.
What to buy: Local books like 'Victoria, a history in photographs'
What to pay: as much as you want
I have to credit VTer "suziezed" for pointing me in the direction of Russell Books - this might be one of the best second-hand bookstores I've ever been to! Pretty much the entire second floor is dedicated to fiction, and with books from floor to ceiling, the selection is pretty incredible! Most books are in very good shape and the prices are great. Whether you're looking for an obscure classic or a brand-new bestseller, chances are you'll find it at Russell Books. If it hadn't been for my backpack getting so heavy, I might have spend the entire weekend there!
What to buy: Anything you've been dreaming of (bookwise, of course)!
What to pay: Not a lot, except if your book shopping gets out of control ;o)
Of course, the name of the store is an attraction in itself: "Munro's... as in Alice?!" And the answer is "Yes, as in Alice Munro". The talented Canadian writer and her first husband Jim first set up a small bookshop back in 1963, which immediately became popular with Victorians. The store moved to its present location in 1984, and it is now located in a magnificent 1909 neo-classical style building that used to be the Royal Bank of Canada. The architecture creates a very unique atmosphere that will make you want to keep on browsing for hours, especially since the selection of books offered is quite impressive.
What to buy: If you've never read a collection of stories by Alice Munro, this might be the best place to get one!
What to pay: Same as most bookstores, and there are a lot of bargain books.
Munro's is the best place in Victoria for books! Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and they have an amazing selection of books on every subject. Don't miss their great collection of cards and calendars as well. Pick up some cards by local artist Robert Amos (who paints Victoria street scenes) and grab one of their hard-to-find magazines from around the world! Very reasonable prices with excellent sales on the tables in the center of the store.
Munro's is located in a heritage building right on Government Street, across from the Bay Center. The building is rumoured to be haunted, but the only magical things I've seen are the staff when they dress up for the release of the new Harry Potter books! The eight fabric banners on the walls were made by the owner's ex-wife, Carole Sabiston.
Munro's Books is everyone's favourite bookstore in Victoria. It's located in the heart of downtown and is well stocked with a potpourri of wonderful books.
The first Munro's books was opened on Yates Street by Jim Munro in 1963. Then in 1979 the store located to larger quarters in 1979. Finally, in 1984 it moved to its present location.
Russell Books is a wonderfully welcoming store with books from floor to ceiling. You can also find Victoria souvenirs (calendars, picture books etc) here and in their Phase II area (upstairs) there's even more stock.
Russell's has tons of paperbacks, Canadiana, esoteric volumes and much more. And since they are a member of ABE (Advanced Book Exchange - which is headquartered in Victoria, did you know that?) you can browse their inventory before you come to Victoria and see if they have something you want. Then pick it up while you're here.
The title of this tip refers to 'Pebbles' the fiberglass orca outside Russell Books created by owner Diana de Pol. Pebbles is a delightful creation that just asks to be caressed.
What to buy: Victoria is a book-loving town. Why not look for books by resident artist Robert Amos who has produced a couple of very lovely sketchbooks of Victoria that would make unusual and meaningful mementoes of your visit. Or look for history books on The Empress, Craigdarroch Castle or Rattenbury's architecture. Or look for general history books about Victoria like the 'On the Street Where You Live' series by Danda Humphreys.
What to pay: From $2 to ...
Munro's is in an old heritage bank building, with high arched ceilings and beautiful fabric banners depicting the seasons. It's light and airy and carries a comprehensive assortment of new hardback and paperback books including local to Victoria and BC history, geography and sociology. Has a very good magazine section as well.
What to buy: Books about local interest, calendars, best sellers, magazines
What to pay: average prices
This has to be one of Victoria's (and Western Canada's) best independent bookstores. Located in an old Royal Bank building dating back to 1900, the store is magnificent to view from the outside and great to see within, with rows of books spread out over several aisles in elegant surroundings. It's well worth the time to explore.
What to buy: Pick up the latest papers, magazines, or a book.
Chapters is a chain of huge book stores a bit like Wtarestones, or Barns and Noble I suppose. Its really nice because you can just sit down and leaf through books quite happily, and theres always a Starbucks closeby for those emergency beverage needs!
What to buy: Discounted Art books. I got a gorgeous hard back bible of David Bailey Photographs.... heaven. But then couldn't fit it in my suitcase so left it behind with a friend! ARHG!
What to pay: Depends if you find a bargain!