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One of 18 branches countrywide, Exclusive Books in the V & A Waterfront offers high quality service and a good variety of books, magazines and videos. Amongst other sections, there is a good choice of books on computers, business, art, photography, and architecture, and the selection of magazines - both foreign and local - are worth perusing. Join the Fanatics Club to earn points and receive discount vouchers. Check website for other details.
Besides the large stock of general second-hand books, Reader's Den specializes mainly in novels, autobiographies, africana, science fiction, classics, esoterics, leather bound and antiquarian. There is also a good selection of used National Geographic magazines, so put on your reading glasses and lose yourself amongst the reams of literature. Although you cannot trade your books in, the shop will sometimes purchase second-hand literature.
Established in 1955, this Long Street shop is one of Cape Town's oldest bookstores. Clarkes specialises in new and out of print books, as well as maps and prints of southern Africa. There is also an excellent stock of general second-hand books including reams of Africana. Of the new books in this spacious store, there is a particularly good selection of literature on South Africa, film and antiques.
The Book Lounge is not just another bookstore; it is an experience. The floor to ceiling glass windows of this historic building display the best finds and invites one in to go browse. The staff members are knowledgeable, very helpful and enjoy discussing literature with customers at leisure. The children's section is impressive and on Saturday mornings children can come at 11:00 for a story reading. Regular book events are held, like readings and discussions on weekday evenings, which makes this a popular spot for all lovers of literature. There is also an intimate coffee shop in the basement where shoppers can lounge for a bit and enjoy The Book Lounge's impressive selection.
One of four branches, the V & A Waterfront Wordsworth bookshop has an excellent selection of new books and a cozy coffee shop within the store. Wordsworth covers all the usual genres, but are particularly good in esoterics, science, maths, and business. A 20% discount is given on hardcover fiction and the amicable staff will source books not in stock. Join their Book Club for some great deals (including 20% off paperback fiction).
On Main Road in the beautiful Kalk Bay you can find the Quagga Art & Books store. The store is famous for its wide assortment of antiquarian books on various subjects. These books are of fine quality and are sold either individually or as complete collections. The store also stocks paintings, watercolors, maps, modern first editions and other collector’s items. The Quagga store frequently ships items abroad and welcomes inquiries from all over the world.
Kalk Bay Books is positioned at 124, Main Road, Kalk Bay in the city of Cape Town. It is often described as a bookstore with one of the best views due to its location at scenic Kalk Bay. Apart from perusing through books, visitors and locals both flock to the store to partake in discussions, launches of new books and meetings with visiting authors. The store operates in winters from 9a to 5p and in summers from 9a to 6p.