Proof that this city holds culture and literature in the highest regard, BA is known for having the most bookstores per capita in the world. Passage stands out for its incredible inventory, which includes first editions and a decent amount of literature in English. The staff is approachable and insanely knowledgeable, but the best part is the overall vibe: the music is always edgy and perfect for the setting (think: Massive Attack, The White Stripes, and Jane’s Addiction), and there’s a cozy cafĂ© in the back that makes for a great spot to post up with a book and coffee on a lazy Saturday.

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