This venerable literary shrine is so popular with tourists that you may have to wait to get in because of the store’s limited capacity. Run by George Whitman for some 60 years before he passed away in 2011 at 98, it’s helmed today by his daughter, Sylvia, who was named after Sylvia Beach (who founded the original bookshop in 1919; see box below). Many legendary writers (Allen Ginsberg and Henry Miller, to name a couple) have stopped in over the decades for a cup of tea; many an aspiring author has camped out in one of the back rooms. Check the website for readings and events. A coffeeshop has opened next door that serves wonderful lemon pie.