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Cozy, curated book joy at Old Town Books

A year ago, when I first tried to find this bookstore, even knowing where it was, the signage was so small and unobtrusive I passed right by. It started as a pop-up store in a location that had formerly been home to my dad's favorite store, full of Virginia products.


Old Town Books has become one of my favorite spots in my hometown. Its small size has been transformed into a virtue, with a beautifully curated selection of books that keep me fascinated until I have to force myself out the door. The atmosphere is warm and convivial and occasionally features cuddly dogs. Great coffee and art studios are both very nearby, at the Torpedo Factory and at Dolci Gelati, about a block away on N. Fairfax St.


Old Town Books is at 104 S. Union St. in Old Town, Alexandria. The Torpedo Factory is at 105 N. Union St., and Dolci Gelati, serving coffee, gelato and sandwiches, is at 107 N. Fairfax St.



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