Best bookshops to visit in CT

Posted on 27 March 2024 By Louise Bell

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A rainy day, a snuggly blanket, and a good book – nothing beats this timeless combo to get into the spirit of cooler weather. Cape Town has a treasure trove of book-filled gems to discover within its midst, so it can be hard to determine the gold between the glitter.

From hot-of-the-press paperbacks to second-hand finds, Cape Town will have you spoilt for choice. Unsure where the top literature havens lie within the city? We’ll show you a few spots that will surely make any book lover’s heart swoon.

The Book Lounge

A swanky space that will have you transfixed by its wide selection of genres, The Book Lounge is a top choice if you’re looking to spend hours browsing different titles. From new releases to a children’s section, there is something for all ages at this location.

If you’re a fan of South African writing, you can also sign up for their newsletter to be informed of any book talks they might host for local authors. These events are usually free of charge and are a great way to rub shoulders with the literary elites of this country.

Once inside the store, you’ll be able to walk down the stairs to find a tiny coffee shop with surrounding chairs to delve headfirst into any literary find you might have purchased.

Address: Cnr Buitenkant &, 71 Roeland St, Cape Town.

Operating hours: Mon – Sat (9 am – 6 pm), Sun (9 am – 4 pm).

Paper Moon Book Shop

A blue-hued store that welcomes you with discounted second-hand books by the front door, Paper Moon Book Shop is the perfect option for readers looking for a bargain. This store oozes a sense of comfort from its quaint interior and the owner tends to be present at the store that is more than happy to help you on your quest to find a specific title.

Address: 105 Roodebloem Rd, Woodstock.

Operating hours: Mon – Fri (11 am – 5 pm), Sat, (10:30 am – 5 pm) Sun (10:30 am – 4 pm).

Kalk Bay Books

Another hole-in-the-wall choice, Kalk Bay Books is a tiny establishment that is sure to satisfy your book-hoarding cravings after a long day exploring the scenic seaside. With comfy couches and a wide selection of book genres to peruse, you’ll be able to sit and enjoy the soft crash of waves with a book in hand.

Address: 62 Main Rd, Kalk Bay.

Operating hours: Mon – Sun (9 am – 5 pm).

CAFDA Bookshop Sea Point

While the exterior might not be extravagant, within this establishment you’ll be able to find stellar deals on second-hand books. This store also utilizes its procedures for charity, namely the Cape Flats Development Association. Here, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of book titles, which include vintage books to add to your collection.

Address: 64 Main Rd, Three Anchor Bay.

Operating hours: Mon – Fri (8 am – 4 pm), Sat (9 am – 1 pm).

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