Book shopping

Centre for the Book, photo courtesy Ian Wilson

What’s the good of a holiday without a good book? There’s no shortage of great book shops in Cape Town where bookworms can while away the hours and browse at their leisure.

A culture of reading
The mission of the Centre for the Book ( is to promote a culture of reading, writing and publishing in all South Africa’s languages, and provide easy access to books for all South Africans. To this end, the centre focuses on book development, providing information and advice, and performing an advocacy role. The centre highlights the importance of reading for all South Africans by organising and promoting book-related activities.
Reading-related activities such as poetry readings, conferences, book launches, writing groups and writing workshops for teachers, youth and children also form part of this initiative.

The centre’s website, Small Publisher’s Blog, Writer’s Network Blog, e-groups and newsgroups provide resources for gathering and disseminating information on books, reading, writing, publishing, libraries, book-selling and related issues.

With a heritage dating back to 1956, Clarke’s Bookshop ( in the Cape Town city centre specialises in new, used and out-of-print books on Southern Africa, in addition to a wide range of second-hand books covering a variety of topics.

The staff at the Book Lounge ( pride themselves on their wide and unusual range of books at their Cape Town city centre store. Drop in for a mouth-watering coffee and chill in the lounge with your choice from the eclectic selection of books. If you’re looking for a book the Book Lounge doesn’t have in stock, the company will endeavour to get it for you.

Something for the kids
Children aged 3 to 8 gather on Saturday mornings at 11h00 for story time in the Book Lounge. This is a great way to instil a love of reading in your children.

Relax with a cup of coffee and a good book at the Book Lounge. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Clarke's Bookshop has it all from new to used and out-of-print books. Photo courtesy of Ben Oswest

Even the young ones can enjoy reading a book or two. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

The Coffee Route

The Coffee Route:  A guide to Cape Town’s hottest coffee spots is a book filled with the independent, quirky and wonderful coffee shops of Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Giant Cape Town

At Giant Cape Town we supply the city with the tools that enable adventure, whether you’re cycling on road, off road or doing a mix of both. From bikes, accessories, rentals and professional servicing, we offer it all.


Afrogem provides visitors with a luxurious shopping experience found nowhere else in the world. Their ethos of innovation and commitment to customer service has made them a leader in the South African jewellery industry.

Earth Fair Market

A top quality market experience. Earth Fair Market has high standards and great quality traders. They are all about pasture reared and ethically farmed animal products and fresh produce shopping.

Ginger & Lime

Interactive cooking experience where guests come and enjoy social dining in a real South African home while learning how to make tasty dishes and cooking tips and tricks


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