While online shopping has made life simple and convenient, it just doesn’t compare to the feeling of stepping into a bookshop and physically browsing for the best buys. There are always rare gems to be found while rummaging through a huge pile of books and this makes the adventure so much more exciting!
Here are a few of the finest bookshops in the Mother City that’s calling your name:
Bikini Beach Books
Think Gordons Bay beauty, books and happiness… That’s what you can look forward to when visiting this spectacular bookstore. The cursive sign, coupled with the classic old school vibe is enough to get excited about but once you enter through the doors, you’re bound to be blown away and mesmerised.
The shelves are stacked with amazing gems, just waiting to be read (prepare to get lost for hours) while the overall atmosphere is laid-back – the perfect outing for anyone looking to kick back and relax while pouring their soul into great literature.
- Location: 41 Beach Rd, Gordons Bay Central
- Operating hours: Monday to Sunday 8 am to 7 pm
Established as a secondhand bookshop, this beauty boasts a variety of topics from classic literature, to art and everything in between. The decorations and ornaments are a sight to behold while the collection of interesting reads makes the entire adventure more spectacular!
There’s just no telling how long you’ll spend inhaling all of the knowledge, charisma and style that The Bookworm has to offer. Perfectly located in Fish Hoek, this bookshop blends nature with literature to give you the ultimate experience.
- Location: 20 1st Ave, Fish Hoek
- Operating hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm | Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 2 pm
The Book Lounge
When CBD meets books, you know you’re in for a treat. Escape the buzzing Cape Town atmosphere by entering through the doors of The Book Lounge, an independent bookshop for hungry minds, just waiting to dig into any and every genre.
Their selection of books ranges from children’s literature to fiction, and so more! There are often awesome events and book launches taking place at this glorious bookstore, coupled with comfy sofas for your convenience. And if you’re feeling quite thirsty, then you’ll be glad to know that coffee is on the menu too!
- Location: 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant and Roeland Street, CBD
- Operating hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm | Saturday 9 am to 4 pm | Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Located in Cape Town’s quirkiest suburb, OBZ Books is the perfect place to get stuck into a heap of different reads. Pre-loved and brand new books are stocked to the max — there really is “something for everyone.” The shop is well-known for their vinyls and vintage comics.
The little café is a real treat that invites you to sit down with a classic novel and enjoy a hot cuppa Joe in a bustling location – a perfect day I’d say!
- Location: 76 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
- Operating hours: Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm | Sunday 9 am to 3 pm
Picture: OBZ Books / Facebook