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The expansive travel selection on third floor of Popular Bookstore includes a English guides and maps. If you need to stock up on reading material, this busy bookstore in Xinjiekou also has a solid collection of multi-language books. The English titles range from classics to light reading.
Librairie Avant-Garde is more than just a bookshop, it's a literary destination. The sprawling underground bunker turned bookstore welcomes visitors to linger over their books, offering exhibitions of local art and even a cafe, besides their eclectic book collection. Social science and humanities feature highly on their list of books and students from the neighboring university often stop by this pseudo library for research materials. The decor is striking, and books are at the forefront even here, with furniture made from old books, like the cash counter. There is a black cross mounted on the wall, a reflection of the owner's personal faith that lends the space an almost church-like quality. Popular with both locals and tourists, featured in several "best of" lists, this is a must-add to your Nanjing itinerary if you love books.
This five-floor bookstore is an easy place to get lost. Foreign language books dominate the top floor and includes a travel section. There is also a good selection of music from international and pop artists on the fifth floor. The fourth floor is a children's paradise, with not only books but a play area with toys and Legos. The bookstore also stocks a wide selection of stationary and calligraphy supplies, school accessories and fun kitschy items. Located on Hunan Road, a dip into Phoenix is tempting before or after hitting up some of the food stalls or bars in Gulou. With a coffee shop on the first floor and easy-going clerks who will let you browse for hours, you'll enjoy loosing track of time at Phoenix.