BALFOUR BOOKS, 468 College, 416-531-9911, balfourbooks.com
The team at Balfour Books did some editing recently when they moved the shop a few blocks east on College into the former home of French bistro Gamelle at Bathurst. To fit their used book stacks into the charming (see tin ceiling and a walkout to a leafy back patio) but smaller space, sections like sports and games had to go.
The selection is still tops, though, especially when it comes to design and art books. There’s lots of reference material, too, including a Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary that is anything but petite.
Balfour Books picks: Shoppers in their early 20s gravitate to Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, $10 if you’re looking for an old classic, try The Saint Plays With Fire, by Leslie Charteris, $15 modern literary theory students will want to read Why Marx Was Right, by Terry Eagleton, $16.
Hours: Daily 11 am to 8 pm.
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