Bookworms, no fear; Norfolk is here, catering to the classic reader who joneses for a turn of the page and all of his or her reading accompaniments: coffee, pastries, and a comfortable seat. Norfolk is home to bookstores, spectacular libraries, and quaint nooks for all your cozy reading.


Check out Norfolk hotspot Toast, for delicious sips and gourmet snacking! Toast offers indoor seating, garden patio seating, and a fun-filled backyard. There are seating options for every kind of reader.

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Prince Books, located in downtown Norfolk, offers an intelligent selection of fiction in hardcover and paperback, sections on poetry, history, biography boating, travel, along with a children’s section. Check out their website for a listing of “New This Week” books that are offered in store!

Lizard Café, located inside of Prince Books, offers an array of delectable sandwiches like their Dilled Fresh Tuna Salad, Pimento Cheese and Surry Ham, along with their Chicken Salad which features curried mango chutney, roasted almonds, and yogurt mayo…delish! Grab a gourmet sandwich to pair with a new read!

Local Heroes, located in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, is the only comic book and graphic novel store in the area. Local Heroes carries a fantastic selection of mainstream and independent comics, along with one of the best selections of graphic novels in Virginia!

Café Stella, a European style café and roaster, is conveniently located steps away from Local Heroes! Café Stella is homey, cozy, and could be noted as an idyllic coffee shop. Among its charm, dazzling bohemian décor, in-house roasted coffee, and their ever-changing delicious menu and pastries, Café Stella is a premier nook choice for readers.

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The Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Center and the MacArthur Memorial. In 2008, Frank Batten Sr., former CEO and chairman of Landmark Communications, donated $20 million for the construction of a new main library to be named after his uncle and former Norfolk Mayor, Col. Samuel Slover. The spectacular outcome of the Slover library is a newly praised Norfolk landmark.

Town Point Park is located in historical Downtown Norfolk, nestled on the riverbanks of the breathtaking Elizabeth River. The eight acres of outdoor space is an ideal location to kick back, read a book, and enjoy the view.

The Book Exchange is the largest used bookstore in the area! All books are 50 percent off every day, along with an option to trade! With an inventory of over 60,000 used books, movies, and music, there’s something that will tickle everyone’s fancy. Bring in a book for trade, and you won’t even have to pay for a new read!

Coaster Coffee is Ocean View’s coffee hot spot and offers the perfect relaxing environment to grab a cup and enjoy a read.

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Ocean View Fishing Pier sits on the spectacular Chesapeake Bay, with dreamy views of the rolling waters and the fluffy clouds among the endless blue sky. Stick around for a sunset viewing, for the Ocean View Fishing Pier offers one of the best views in town. The pier has accommodating benches along its boardwalk for you to enjoy your book and the view. Ah, serene perfection.

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