It’s no secret that we love bookstores here at Flavorpill, but being as pop culture-minded as we are, we’ve found that we like the fictional shops almost as much as those we can visit in real life. One of our favorite bookstores on TV, Portlandia‘s Women & Women First, will soon be taking a vacation, so to console ourselves, we’ve created a list of our ten favorite fictional bookstores from all over pop culture. Now, we’ve limited ourselves to bookstores that are truly fictional, not just appearing in fiction — so the Travel Book Shop from Notting Hill and the defunct-but-actual shop at 84 Charing Cross Road are sadly both eliminated. Click through to see our list of our favorite fictional bookstores from film, TV and literature, and let us know if we’ve missed your own favorite in the comments!
Embryo Concepts, from Funny Face
While searching for a “sinister” bookstore to give their photo shoot some intellectual weight, a fashion magazine editor and photographer find Embryo Concepts in Greenwich Village. We don’t know about sinister, but it’s definitely the most overtly intellectual bookshop we’ve ever encountered — even after it gets destroyed by a fashion shoot crew. And Audrey Hepburn doesn’t hurt either.