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Oldest bookstore

Place ia great. They offer a wide range of items from Christmas ornaments,Moravaian Stars and... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Nothing like a Main St bookstore..love love love it. Oldest in the US and now section for... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
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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 27 August 2018

I always enjoyed a walk through the Moravian Book Store in Bethlehem. Well as you may have read it was taken over by Moravian College and Barnes and Noble will be running it or should I say ruining it. I will admit it is under...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

This bookstore used to be outstanding. However, it was taken over by new owners and much of the charm has been lost. The specialty foods and treasures are gone, and there are very few new books on the shelves. I was disappointed to see that...More

1  Thank LINYTravelers
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Place ia great. They offer a wide range of items from Christmas ornaments,Moravaian Stars and plenty of books

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Nothing like a Main St bookstore..love love love it. Oldest in the US and now section for children's activities and also a book sign when I visited and always....little cafe. Great place...well done!

Thank gypsy4747
Reviewed 12 January 2018

I really wasn't anxious to visit this store after taking a city tour and learning the deep history of the Moravian Church and the founding of Bethlehem. I figured it would be a typical Christian bookstore. What a pleasant surprise to find that this store...More

1  Thank 2Old2DieYoung
Reviewed 3 January 2018

America's oldest book shop (1745), the Moravian book shop operates today as a contemporary general store. Yes, they sell books including books about Bethlehem, Leigh Valley and Moravian life. Book signings occur upon occasion like Gregory D. Huber's "The Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture &...More

1  Thank duck8to
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Very cute gift shop with lots of unique items. Staff was very helpful. Much more than a giftshop also a full bookstore.

Thank RP2358
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Lots and lots of gifts and candy with a small bookstore component. It is a bit of tourist trap during the holidays, but is worth the stop to see the historic site. Despite what trip advisor says it is not the oldest bookstore in the...More

Thank Jackalcall
Reviewed 17 December 2017

This is not just a book shop it has a lot of different things in there. I love the Moravian stars the different choices of ornaments. It was a little crowded but of course look at the time of year.

Thank Melissa E
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We go there everytime we go to Bethlehem...one of a kind place. .soooo many unique things. .plus a large bookstore..you have to go there when you visit the town...The new addition of the Meadery is a hit too.

1  Thank goatsforme
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