Wide World Books & Maps

★★★★☆
  • 4411 Wallingford Ave N Ste A

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-634-3453

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I've shopped here several times for travel bags, travel books and supplies. They used to rent videos here, which was very nice when I was planning a trip to India.

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I've shopped here several times for travel bags, travel books and supplies. They used to rent videos here, which was very nice when I was planning a trip to India.

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I purchased a few items from this store and ending up having to make a return. When I made the return the woman who helped was sarcastic and rude about the whole thing. I won't be shopping at Wide World Books & Maps again, the staff is pretentious and rude.

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★☆☆☆☆

I purchased a few items from this store and ending up having to make a return. When I made the return the woman who helped was sarcastic and rude about the whole thing. I won't be shopping at Wide World Books & Maps again, the staff is pretentious and rude.

Pros: Some interesting merchandise for travels

Cons: Expensive, staff is rude, returns/exchanges difficult

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If you are planning a trip, this is the place to go. You can always find an appropriate book, or a helpful item to take with you. In addition, the staff is amazing -- they are travelers themselves, and often have helpful information to share. The events at the store are also wonderfully informative and well-organized.

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★★★★★

If you are planning a trip, this is the place to go. You can always find an appropriate book, or a helpful item to take with you. In addition, the staff is amazing -- they are travelers themselves, and often have helpful information to share. The events at the store are also wonderfully informative and well-organized.

Cons: helpful staff, great selection

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I really want to love this place, I always support independently owned stores, my husband and I often travel and my best girlfriend is an avid reader of travel journals. Instead of being a devoted, frequent customer, I'll never give them my business again. I walked up to the shop about three weeks ago to find a few books for a trip my husband and I are planning. While I was in the store I sat down and thumbed through a few guide books. After about 10 minutes I heard the two clerks talking rather critically about a patron who had just left the store. About her 'smell' and odd behaviour - not exactly professional or kind and that was my first clue. About 10 minutes later, one of these clerks told me that what I was doing, looking through guide books, was unwelcomed. She talked to me with such a condescending attitude, edge and smugness that I was literally rendered speechless! She all but told me to either buy something or get out - and in my experience, one of the joys of a bookstore, is simply looking around and spending time perusing the merchandise. She literally acted like I was an unwelcomed guest in her home who just broke something, I'm sure you know the type! There are so many wonderful, well-run bookstores that give you a sincere sense of community, please support them and DO NOT give your business to Wide World Books, they don't deserve you!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I really want to love this place, I always support independently owned stores, my husband and I often travel and my best girlfriend is an avid reader of travel journals. Instead of being a devoted, frequent customer, I'll never give them my business again. I walked up to the shop about three weeks ago to find a few books for a trip my husband and I are planning. While I was in the store I sat down and thumbed through a few guide books. After about 10 minutes I heard the two clerks talking rather critically about a patron who had just left the store. About her 'smell' and odd behaviour - not exactly professional or kind and that was my first clue. About 10 minutes later, one of these clerks told me that what I was doing, looking through guide books, was unwelcomed. She talked to me with such a condescending attitude, edge and smugness that I was literally rendered speechless! She all but told me to either buy something or get out - and in my experience, one of the joys of a bookstore, is simply looking around and spending time perusing the merchandise. She literally acted like I was an unwelcomed guest in her home who just broke something, I'm sure you know the type! There are so many wonderful, well-run bookstores that give you a sincere sense of community, please support them and DO NOT give your business to Wide World Books, they don't deserve you!!!!

Pros: None

Cons: Terrible, condescending attitude toward their cusomers

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Part indie bookstore, part luggage store, and all brilliant, Wide World Books & Maps is the type of neighborhood gem that every community wishes it had. If you need anything for travel locally, domestically, or abroad, Wide World should be your first destination. And even if you're only looking for an outstanding collection of hand-picked literature, this is the place for you.

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★★★★★

Part indie bookstore, part luggage store, and all brilliant, Wide World Books & Maps is the type of neighborhood gem that every community wishes it had. If you need anything for travel locally, domestically, or abroad, Wide World should be your first destination. And even if you're only looking for an outstanding collection of hand-picked literature, this is the place for you.

Pros: What's not to like?!?

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Wide World Books & Maps is a destination whenever thinking about a trip. Suitcases, passport photos, personal items & of, course, a huge collection of books & maps are available. It's also a dandy place to go & just browse. And browsing can lift the spirits on the greyest of days. The staff is very helpful & friendly. A welcoming place w/ a fabulous selection of material for travelling. An A1 place.

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★★★★★

Wide World Books & Maps is a destination whenever thinking about a trip. Suitcases, passport photos, personal items & of, course, a huge collection of books & maps are available. It's also a dandy place to go & just browse. And browsing can lift the spirits on the greyest of days. The staff is very helpful & friendly. A welcoming place w/ a fabulous selection of material for travelling. An A1 place.

Pros: huge selection of book & maps, great atmosphere

Cons: none

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They have most of everything one would need for a world trip. This is usually my first stop before planning any trip. Check them out before you plan to go anywhere.

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★★★★★

They have most of everything one would need for a world trip. This is usually my first stop before planning any trip. Check them out before you plan to go anywhere.

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This is what browsing is for: every time I go on a trip, I find a book or two here to make it that much better. Usually I can choose from among several for the same place.

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★★★★★

This is what browsing is for: every time I go on a trip, I find a book or two here to make it that much better. Usually I can choose from among several for the same place.

Pros: excellent selection, good travel items, helpful staff

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The only thing I don't like about this book/travel supply store is that it can suck me in for hours and make my traveler's itch almost unbearable. A relatively small neighborhood shop, they carry the best in each category of items you need for a trip. Guidebooks abound, of course, but they also carry packs, gear, and gadgets to make your travels more enjoyable. Its also a great store for gifts, and if you ask, they will wrap anything you buy in beautiful gold, world map wrapping paper. They also feature in-store events like author readings/book-signings and free travel and language classes.

PROS: Selection, friendly, free classes
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★★★★★

The only thing I don't like about this book/travel supply store is that it can suck me in for hours and make my traveler's itch almost unbearable. A relatively small neighborhood shop, they carry the best in each category of items you need for a trip. Guidebooks abound, of course, but they also carry packs, gear, and gadgets to make your travels more enjoyable. Its also a great store for gifts, and if you ask, they will wrap anything you buy in beautiful gold, world map wrapping paper. They also feature in-store events like author readings/book-signings and free travel and language classes.

PROS: Selection, friendly, free classes
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Sorry Wide World Maps, the staff could not
indentify an important country I requested
a map for. Perhaps a quick geographic
lesson is in order for the hired help.

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★★☆☆☆

Sorry Wide World Maps, the staff could not
indentify an important country I requested
a map for. Perhaps a quick geographic
lesson is in order for the hired help.

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