Our favourite bookstores in Hong Kong.
Whether you’re hunting down a rare, first edition of William Shakespeare sonnets or hoping to be inspired by a chef’s latest collection of recipes, these top bookstores in Hong Kong offer endless corridors of freshly stacked shelves and crisp white pages.
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Residing over three floors, eslite’s flagship in Causeway Bay is one of the largest bookstores in Hong Kong, housing a treasure trove of titles to choose from of which 10,000 are in English. Not just books, there is also a sizable magazine and lifestyle section stocking homeware, food and stationery.
eslite, 8/F-10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3419 6789; G/F shop 074 & 1/F shop 144, Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong, +852 3419 1188; 2-3/F Starhouse, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3419 1088
Perhaps one of the more well-known bookstore in Hong Kong, Bookazine has several locations across the city and leads the way with its huge selection of English-language books that range from fiction to fantasy, travel and food. The store also stocks a large variety of greeting cards and lifestyle gifts, as well as featuring occasional events such as book signings, talks and a variety of workshops.
Books & Co.
The perfect spot to order a coffee and slice of cake, Books & Co’s easy-going atmosphere makes it an ideal place to hang out and read. Granted, not the easiest of bookstores to navigate, the chaos adds to its charm in that you never quite know what you’ll stumble upon.
Books & Co, 10 Park Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, +852 2559 5199
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Kelly & Walsh
Boasting a substantial selection of special interest book titles, Kelly & Walsh is known to be a perfect pick for art and culinary connoisseurs. Committed to encouraging a love of reading, the store often hosts author signings and events surrounding anticipated releases.
Kelly & Walsh Pacific Place, Shop 204, L2 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2522 5744
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Bleak House Books
An independent bookstore based in San Po Kong, Bleak House Books is a local favourite that is home to a collection of vintage paperbacks as well as high-quality contemporary literature. Bookworms will take much pleasure in an afternoon browsing.
Bleak House Books, Well Tech Centre, 27/F, Unit 05, 7-9 Pat Tat St, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, +852 3705 0251
Lok Man Rare Books
A sanctuary situated on Chancery Lane, Lok Man Rare Books delivers exactly what’s on the store front –rare, signed titles and first editions that span over a plethora of genres. From modern and classic literature to fine food, wine and travel, you might just find yourself stumbling across “a finely bound, large edition of Shakespeare’s songs and sonnets wonderfully illustrated by the magical hand of Charles Robinson,” and so much more.
Lok Man Rare Books, 6 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2868 1056