Hong Kong Bookstores
Basheer Design Bookstore
Basheer is a long established store and exhibition space, specializing in design and graphics books. There are regular book events and exhibitions, check out the website to see what’s coming up in the future.
1/F, Flat A, Island Building, 439-441 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2126-7533, www.basheer.com.hk.
The Book Attic
This bookstore is a pleasant place to browse the shelves stocked with gently used books; you’ll be able to expand your library without breaking the bank. As you browse, take advantage of the complimentary Chinese teas and expertise of the enthusiastic, knowledgeable owner. Book Attic runs regular book and poetry clubs for adults and fun story time sessions for children.
Cockloft, 2 Elgin St., Central, 2259-3103, www.bookattic.info.
This store stocks a wide selection of English language books and magazines. There’s a kid’s corner holding an array of children’s publications as well as beanbags, educational toys and games to keep the little ones entertained. Bookazine regularly hosts book launches and literary events, with puppet shows and face painting for children. Keep an eye out for their bi-monthly magazine for details of these events.
Locations citywide including Shop 309-313, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd.,Central, 2522-1785, www.bookazine.com.hk.
With a recent relocation to Sheung Wan, BooksMart specializes in selling quality new and used English books at affordable prices. You can take the time to browse around this treasure trove of a store, or simply place your order online. For a small fee, BooksMart will personally deliver books for you to inspect before you buy, with no delivery charge for purchases over $200.
Room 1604, 16/F, Western Centre, 48 Des Voeux Rd. West, Sheung Wan, 2620-5035, www.booksmarthk.com.
The Book Shop by Terry Boyce
An antiquarian vintage bookstore, it has one of the best collections of rare books in Hong Kong, many of which owner Terry Boyce aquired from auctions and shipped directly from the UK.
Two locations including 117 DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, 2987-9372.
This compact store, conveniently located in the Central Building is a one stop shop for your literary needs. Stocking a good selection of publications for adults; the kid’s section is particularly extensive including fiction, activity books, educational gifts and fun collectables. You can also buy stylish gift cards and wrapping, as well as Hong Kong memorabilia and a colorful selection of recycled leather notebooks. There’s a bi-monthly magazine to keep you updated on the new releases and a membership scheme offering reward points and competition draws.
Locations citywide, including Shop 201-203, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder St.,Central, 2826-9248, www.dymocks.com.hk.
There are thousands of secondhand books, CDs and DVDs that can be found at Flow Bookshop. People have found old, out of print books here and some have even come acros a couple of original editions.
7/F, 29 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2964-9483.
Indosiam is as much an antique bookshop as it is a cultural place, with more than 4,000 rare, out-of-print books on Asia and Asian Culture. The collection focuses on travel and exploration, history, geography, ethnology, linguistics, literature, art and archeology.
1/F, 89 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2854-2853.
Kubrick is the bookstore of choice for film buffs; located next to Broadway Cinematheque, it houses a treasure trove of books on movies, cinematography, photography and poetry. This store stocks many independent books, some of which are sold exclusively in Hong Kong. There is also a comprehensive travel book section to inspire you on your next trip.
Shop H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei, 2384-8929.
Lok Man Rare Books
If you are looking for a rare or special gift, head to Lok Man Rare Books, a dealer specializing in pre-1900, first editions and other rare books. Titles range from children’s stories to books on travel, sport and China. Consultations are also provided for restoration work and binding. Look out for the beautiful backgammon sets and plush leather armchairs from neighboring furniture shop bFelix.
G/F, 6 Chancery Lane, Central, 2868-1056, www.lokmanbooks.com.
The spacious Metro Books store in Elements Mall has an extensive collection of both English and Chinese literature, from fiction to travel, cooking and biographies. There’s a large magazine section stocking international titles and plenty of books and games to keep children busy. The store also houses a range of interesting gifts and keepsakes in addition to various stationery essentials for your office supplies.
Various locations including Shop 2001, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2196-8770, www.metrobooks.com.hk
Naxos Books And Videos
Naxos stocks a good range of DVDs and books on sale at reasonable prices.
This little store is also a savior for homesick Americans, holding a huge range of imported magazines direct from the US. Cover prices are converted into Hong Kong Dollars making this an affordable way to catch up on your favorite magazines.
2/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King St., Wan Chai, 2511-3611.
The Page One store in Kowloon Tong stocks a large range of publications to keep any bookworm happy. From fiction and reference to international magazines, as well as more specialist publications on architecture, fashion and design. There’s a good sized café serving coffee, lunch deals and sweet treats and a children’s section holding books, educational materials and toys. In addition you can find stationery, quirky gifts and collectables.
Various locations including L/G, 1-30 Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Ave., Kowloon Tong, 2778-2808, www.pageonegroup.com.
This bookshop is a favorite haunt for local Francophiles, with imported magazines, daily newspapers, best-sellers, children’s books, cookbooks and travel guides, along with an extensive range of novels. All books are by French authors or translated into French from the originals. The store also carries a selection of French CDs and movies.
2/F, Duke of Wellington House, 14 Wellington St., Central, 2526-9215.
Swindon Book Company
An expansive bookstore in the heart of TST, this jam-packed shop will appeal to library loyalists seeking that old fashioned bookstore feel. The sprawling collection ranges from business to fiction, with the second floor housing lifestyle publications including books on self help, travel and cooking, as well as a specialized school textbook area. Each floor has a designated information desk to help with your book search.
Various locations including13-15 Lock Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366-8001, www.swindonbooks.com.