Must visit bookshops around us

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" Groucho MARX so rightly said.

Books empower our minds and pierce through our souls. They are the oil to the engine of our imagination. Here are our top recommendations on where to start hunting for books in Central and Western district :

1. Books n Co.

Address n Details: !0 Park Road, Mid levels

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am – 7 pm

FB: Books&co

Niche: Second Hand Book store and a (great!!) Cafe.

2. Mount Zero

Address: 6 Tai Ping Shan Street

Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am-6:00 pm

IG: @mountzerobooks

Niche: Cozy bookshop specializing in mainly Chinese books (some martial arts novels available) with some carefully curated English books. Welcome to browse outdoors or indoors and have school-day chairs available.

3. ​Joint Publishing

Address n Details: 9 Queen Victoria Street, Central

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm

Sun: 10:00 am- 8 pm

Website: https://www.jointpublishing.com/bookstore/English-Book.aspx

Niche: Bilingual recipe books and children’s books.

4. Hong Kong Book Centre

Address n Details: 25 Des Voeux Road, On Lok Yuen Building Lower Level, Central, Hong Kong

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-6:30 pm

Sat: 9:00 am -5:30 pm

Sun & Public holidays: Closed

Smaller shop address: Shop B59-60, B1/F Landmark, Central, Hong Kong

Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am-7:30 pm

Website: http://www.swindonbooks.com/index.asp

Niche: Small corner of the shop dedicated to Hong Kong books. They stash their older, less mass consumer friendly books in their storeroom, so ask!

5. Taschen

Address: Shop 01-G02 Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am-8 pm

Website: https://www.taschen.com/

Niche: Specializes in beautiful books with lots of pics. Check out the (adults-only) Japanese bondage limited edition book if you dare and the Annie Leibowitz limited edition and painting-size book with famous people in interesting settings.

6. Seeds Bookstore

Address: 20/F Haleson Building, 1 Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong (mtr exit D1)

Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:30a.m – 7:00p.m Sat: 10:30a.m – 4:00p.m Sun & PH: Closed

Website: https://seeds.com.hk/contact-us/

Niche: Children’s books well sorted by age range and category.

7. Hong Kong Toy Club

Address: 5/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/itoysclub/about/?ref=page_internal

Niche: Retailer for Pollux Books. Carefully curated children’s books. Just warn the kids to focus on the books only-not the toys!

Finally, a few recos on Hong Kong-based books or books by Hong Kong authors. Look up the lists here: https://www.janehoung.com/component/content/article/11-welcome/151-list-of-childrens-books-set-in-hong-kong and here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4257.Books_set_in_HONG_KONG or you can always ask on our Localhood facebook page!

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