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September 03, 2013

Top Five Reading Spots in Cape Town

Reading spots Cape Town

“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
Website: www.booklounge.co.za

For the second-hand book lover:

Tommy’s Books

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:

Reader’s Warehouse

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
Website: www.readerswarehouse.co.za

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
Website: www.readersden.co.za

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
Website: www.capegateway.gov.za

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