A visit to The Book Loft is more than a shopping trip, it's an outing.

631 S. Third St, German Village, 614-464-1774, bookloft.com

A visit to The Book Loft is more than a shopping trip, it's an outing. This 32-room bookstore is a browser's delight. Readers can spend hours poring over books on various topics and winding their way through the maze of rooms in the store.

The German Village institution has a wonderful children's section with unique puzzles, games and art kits, as well as lots of kid-friendly titles.

The one-of-a-kind store stays open to 11 p.m. every night so even busy parents can (escape and) shop there.

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