September 03, 2013
Top Five Reading Spots in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
“Girl reading at the bus stop”. Photo courtesy Dave Hoffman
Editor's Note: This article was first published on 20 September, 2011 and has since been updated.
I'm a total bookworm, you guys know that. I am also a firm believer that imagination is a wonderful thing to have.. and nothing piques it quite like reading.
In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure our reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list.
Get a page-turning experience at the following top spots:
For the trendy reader:
The Book Lounge
Situated in the heart of The Fringe, The Book Lounge is the epitome of literary pleasure.
From impressive book launches held in its main arena to the delicious coffee shop on the lower floor and a charming weekly story-telling experience for the little ones, The Book Lounge has a little something for everyone.
Location: 71 Roeland Street, The Fringe, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 462 2425
For the second-hand book lover:
This grand old dame of novels has been around for ages and is a treasure trove of second-hand books.
Additional plot twisters include a African curio and clothing in-house store. Not your average bookstore, now is she?
Location: 130 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 7675
For cost-effective reading:
A stockist of discounted items, Reader’s Warehouse is a popular bookstore in Tokai.
A fabulous, decorated children’s area ensures that your children won’t be bored as you enjoy browsing.
Location: South Palms Centre, Corner Bark and Main Roads, Tokai
Contact: +27 (0)21 701 0632
For the superhero fan:
Readers Den Comic Shop
Read all about Captain America, Superman and the X-Men’s fantastic capers in priceless comic book editions, dress up as your favourite superhero on Free Comic Book Day or collect one-of-kind- memorabilia at the long-standing Readers Den Comic Shop in Claremont.
Location: Stadium on Main, Main Road, Claremont
Contact: +27 (0)21 671 9551
For the avid bookworm:
City of Cape Town Libraries
For a cost-free reading experience like no other, visit your local library today.
Fiction, romance, action, biographies ... whatever tickles your fancy, you’re sure to find it at any of the beautiful libraries around the Peninsula. Keep an eye out for book sales at your local reading spot to get your favourite novels at amazing prices!
Location: Cape Town and surrounds
Contact: 0860 142 142