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interesting place

onterrsting place you can gond a bit of everything from books to particulsr items. the staff is... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2019
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The Old Moravian Book Shop has been saved by Barnes & Nobel and is now Moravian College's official... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2018
Souderton, Pennsylvania
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The world's oldest book store.
428 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5869
+1 610-866-5481
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So sad. What brilliant mind decided to remove everything that made the shop a destination? Business majors, you might consider Lehigh or Lafayette - because clearly Moravian is lacking in what constitutes good business sense. Selfish and short-sighted.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Diane M
Reviewed 8 February 2019 via mobile

onterrsting place you can gond a bit of everything from books to particulsr items. the staff is nice and the prices a bit expensive. atmosphere is elegant snd a bit misterious 5 stars

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

When one reads about the oldest bookstore in the country one anticipates a charming unique shop. Nevertheless it is a regular modern bookstore with no strings to the shop history.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 26 December 2018

The Old Moravian Book Shop has been saved by Barnes & Nobel and is now Moravian College's official book store. There have been changes and more will be coming. Over the holiday there was an authentic mead thing going on but that is to change...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mary8235
Reviewed 26 December 2018 via mobile

For the forty plus years we have had the opportunity to visit the Moravian Book Shop, it was a magical place. Our visit on Christmas Eve was devastating. The magic is gone replaced by a feeble attempt resulting in a few trinkets and a few...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank KeithK795
Reviewed 21 December 2018 via mobile

What is left of the moravian bookstore that I knew is empty expanse of hardwood floor. Stopped in for Christmas and it’s so sad. I was holding out hope that with the horrible paint color and exterior renovation, perhaps the interior was saved. Its basically...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank thafer2016
Reviewed 17 December 2018

We use to spend hours in this bookstore before the college took it over. There were always really nice things to buy. Besides the hotel, the bookstore was one of the main attractions when visiting Bethlehem. We recently stopped by and walked out. They really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Phillygirl7777
Reviewed 10 December 2018

My wife and I had our NJ relatives in for a few days for our annual pilgrimage to Christkindlmarkt and Main St in Bethlehem. We stopped, as always, to visit the Moravian Book Shop. My wife and I had last been there in the Spring,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank JoeyNMN
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

While we knew the store changed hands, it is sad to see what our favorite Bethlehem store is like now. Gone is the Christmas flavor and character. Store is a disappointment compared to other years in its history. Crowds are gone and inventory is sparse...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank sharyur_123
Reviewed 24 November 2018

The Moravian Book Shop was always a favorite stop on our Christmas visits to Bethlehem. It always had a wonderful selection of ornaments and gifts, and it always felt like a charming, cozy place. Now that the college took it over, it barely has any...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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