Books & Music
A. K. A. MUSIC— This is Philadelphia’s independent record store and a haven for music lovers with time to kill. Find a large selection of new and used CDs that span genres from indie rock to jazz. It is also the box office for R5 Productions. Open M-Th 11 am-8 pm, F-Sa 11 am-9 pm, Su 11 am- 6 pm. 120 N. Third St., 267.639.2280.
AIA BOOKSTORE & DESIGN CENTER— At the new Philadelphia Center for Architecture, browse through this cool store stocked with architecture books, distinctive gifts and design products for home and office. M-Sa 10 am- 6 pm, Su noon- 5 pm. 1218 Arch St., 215.569.3188.
ATOMIC CITY COMICS— Huge selection of comics, graphic novels, back issues, manga and T-shirts, plus movies, toys, games and more. Frequent instore events, including book signings. Open M-Tu noon-9 pm, W-Sa 11 am- 11 pm, Su 11 am- 9 pm. 638 South St., 215.625.9613.
BOOK CORNER— Browse more than 50,000 titles at this welcoming shop, directly behind Philadelphia’s Central Library near the Ben Franklin Parkway. Book Corner offers new, rare and gently used books in all genres, whether your taste is contemporary or classic. M-Sa 10 am- 6 pm. 311 N. 20th St., 215.567.0527.
HEAD HOUSE BOOKS— A friendly staff and books covering every surface make Head House Books as inviting as a comfy living room. Enjoy a free cup of coffee and settle in for a few hours. Open M-Th & Sa 10 am-7 pm, F 10 am-8 pm, Su 10 am-5 pm. 619 S. Second St., 215.923.9525.
JOSEPH FOX BOOKS— Charming Joseph Fox Books is Center City’s premier independent bookstore, offering an array of selections from architecture and non-fiction to literature and poetry. Open M-Sa 9:30 am- 6 pm, W 9:30 am-7 pm. 1724 Sansom St., 215.563.4184. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA BOOKSTORE— This giant book superstore carries over 80,000 titles, plus school supplies, gifts and UPenn apparel. M-F 8:30 am-9:30 pm, Sa 10 am-9:30 pm, Su 10 am-8 pm. 3601 Walnut St., 215.898.7595.
VINTAGE INSTRUMENTS— Since 1974, Vintage Instruments has focused on fine acoustic instruments, featuring a wide selection of C.F. Martin & Co. guitars for everyone from weekend pickers to seasoned professionals. Plenty of treasures abound in this 19th century architectural treasure, from ukuleles to banjos and mandolins. Accessories include cases, strings, straps and much more. Open M-F 10 am-5 pm. 507 S. Broad St., 215.545.1000.