Third Place Books & Raconteur

Seward Park, Seattle

Ron Sher

…a serious contender for the title of Seattle’s Most Beautiful Bookstore.

The Seattle Review of Books

Located in the what used to a neighborhood PCC Market, Third Place Books has an airy yet still cozy feel thanks to the warm exposed barrell trusses overhead and liberal use of fir timbers throughout the structure. The first floor hosts a coffee shop, for those guests who are looking to sip on some coffee or tea while they browse and read. Take the rugged timber stairs to the lower level, and you’re greeted with the Raconteur restaurant; which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.


  • Jeff Taipale
  • Jason Cameron
  • Rogan Taipale
  • Ben Duncan
  • Josh Anderson
  • Brian McCormick
  • Sarah Kautz
  • David (DJ) Fleming
  • Cheng Cooper
  • Jacob Landry
  • David Nguyen
  • Eric O’Keefe
  • Joe Mckay
  • Matthew Sims
  • Sebastian Kimura
  • Ben Frey-Booth
  • Collaborators

    Third Place Books and Raconteur was realized in collaboration with Ron Sher of Sher Partners; Peter Womble of Womble Corp; Mike Whalen (architect), Andreas Quinn (structural engineer) and Robert Sindelar (Third Place Books), Bill Coury and Brian Vescovi (Raconteur).  Special thanks to Northstar Electric, Total Plumbing, Horeco Mechanical, Superior Insulation, B&E Insulation, Stonecraft, Ace Fire Systems, Armorclad Floors, Eurocraft Hardwood Floors, Tydi Concrete Cutting, Emil’s Concrete, NOVO Painting, 206 Plumbing, Roofcorp of WA, Crystal Soda Blast, JD Equipment, NW Elements, and Chris McMullen Productions. Photographs courtesy of Suzi Pratt.

    Press & Links

    "It’s heartening to see the multigenerational, multicultural crowd that assembles in Seward Park under the grandly arched, wood-paneled roof of this former PCC. It is the third outpost of Third Place Books in the Seattle area, each with a restaurant component that serves as a neighborhood gathering place. We are going to need more of them." — The Seattle Times

    "Grab a coffee and curl up with your favorite new book in this neighborhood fixture." — Third Place Books