Akimbo is an independent bookstore in Rochester’s East End, just a block from the Little Theater. Hang out at one of our tables, in a window, or on our sofa. WiFi is available with the purchase of coffee, a pastry, or a book! Come for a film screening, author readings and book signings, book clubs, and art shows –– stay for our carefully-curated selection of books.

Our Books

We specialize in titles published by small presses — the kind of juicy, subversive, and award-winning books not always available at chain stores, with a particular focus on social issues, contemporary literature, translations, wellness, and feeding the planet. We publish online reviews of some of our favorites on our Book Reviews page and we often feature new titles on our Instagram feed. You can also order anything you want to read through our online order form!


Akimbo is alive with book clubs, authors’ readings, films, and more. Visit our Events page for details.

Host YOUR Event in our Space!

Our beautiful loft-like space in downtown Rochester will make your next event a special occasion. Akimbo is a flexible space for a party, a shower, or any kind of celebration. Contact us at moc.l1660207980iamg@1660207980skoob1660207980obmik1660207980a1660207980 to get on our calendar.


318b East Avenue, in Rochester, New York, between Union Street and Alexander. We’re on the second floor, above Veneto. Click here for a map and directions.


The neighborhood has plenty of on-street, metered parking and several surface lots with reasonable rates. 


Tuesday through Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm.
Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Special events may have special hours.

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