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The Best Book Stores In Hong Kong

The Best Book Stores In Hong Kong
By Coco Marett
By Coco Marett
July 17, 2019
From treasure troves filled with rare first edition books to finest art titles and more, get lost for hours in the best book stores selling English titles in Hong Kong

1/9 Taschen

Photo: Courtesy of Taschen
Photo: Courtesy of Taschen

One of the world’s leading art book publishers, Taschen opened its first store in Asia at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. As with all Taschen stores, the sleek space is packed with books on everything from art to food to travel to fashion to, as Taschen brands them, “sexy books”.

Many of these books are affordably priced, but Taschen is particularly famous for its limited-edition, sumo-sized books, which are so large that they’re sold with their own table and can cost in the hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong dollars—including book on Ferrari, which costs a cool HK$250,000.

Taschen Store Hong Kong, Shop 01-G02 Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2544 8016; taschen.com

2/9 Kelly & Walsh

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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly & Walsh

Kelly & Walsh is home to a great selection of coffee table books, classic and contemporary literature and what has to be one of the city's most impressive culinary book collections. 

Passionate about encouraging and supporting a love of reading, Kelly & Walsh regularly hosts author visits and author events.

Kelly & Walsh Pacific Place, Shop 204, L2 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2522 5744

Kelly & Walsh The Landmark, Shop B59-60, B1/F Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6131

kellyandwalsh.com

3/9 Bleak House Books

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Photo: Courtesy of Bleak House Books

Opened in 2017, Bleak House Books is a new kid on the block but the independent bookstore has nonetheless made a name for itself hand-curating a high quality selection of new and used books across a plethora of genres. 

As well as a book store, Bleak House Books also prides itself in being a  community space "where booklovers and thinkers can take refuge from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong to meet, share ideas, and do what they love most: read!" 

Bleak House Books, Unit 2705, 27/F, Well Tech Centre, 9 Pat Tat Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3705 0251; bleakhousebooks.com.hk

See also: Hong Kong Book Fair 2019: Everything You Need To Know 

4/9 Lok Man Rare Books

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Photo: Courtesy of Three Blind Mice

Tucked away on Chancery Lane and shrouded by trees, this sanctuary is home to a remarkable collection of rare, signed and first edition books that include works of modern and classic literature, children’s literature, food and wine, history and travel, economics and finance, and sport and hobbies. 

Lok Man Rare Books’ website stays up to date about what’s in store, but we highly recommend visiting the store itself – accidentally coming across a first edition copy of classics such as Truman Capote’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s" or Richard Adams’ “Watership Down” is an experience that any book lover deserves to experience.

Lok Man Rare Books, 6 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2868 1056; lokmanbooks.com

5/9 Muse Art & Books

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Photo: Courtesy of Muse Art & Books

True to its name, Muse exists to provide inspiration with its meticulously curated selection of beautifully crafted books.

A hidden gem housed in the basement of Hotel Stage, Muse comprises a cafe, a small art gallery and of course, a book store housing titles that range in topics from plants to retro Hong Kong-style apothecary labels and plenty of art, as well as stunning illustrated books made from textured silkscreen.

Muse Art & Books, B/F, Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Yau Ma Tei, 3953-2222

See also: Editors' Picks: 9 Books To Read This Summer

6/9 Flow Books

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Photo: Courtesy of Flow Books

For 20 years, Flow Books has been the go-to store in Hong Kong for both brand new books and second-hand bargains. Amongst novels and textbooks, this cosy oasis in Sheung Wan is also a treasure trove of collectables such as first editions, out-of-print titles and even auction items. 

Flow Books, 1F-G, Kai Fung Mansion,, No.189 - 205 Queen' s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9278 5664; flowbooks.net

7/9 Kubrick

Photo: Billy Clarke
Photo: Billy Clarke

Housed in the same complex as Broadway Cinematheque, a cluster of four cinemas that boasts the city's most varied programming and home to many of the city's film festivals, is a charming bookstore named Kubrick (named after director Stanley Kubrick, naturally). 

As well as housing the city's best selection of film, art and other lifestyle books, a huge selection of DVDs and movie memorabilia, the community-driven venue also has a charming cafe and hosts regular talks and workshops with local writers and filmmakers. 

Kubrick, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2384 8929; kubrick.com.hk

See also: 10 Stunning Coffee Table Books For Art Lovers

8/9 ESLITE

Photo: Courtesy of ESLITE Hong Kong
Photo: Courtesy of ESLITE Hong Kong

Taking over three floors and more than 40,000 square feet of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Taiwanese chain ESLITE has tens of thousands of titles to choose from - over a third of which are in English. There's also a dedicated and extremely diverse magazine section, lots of corner sections selling quirky lifestyle products and even a built-in Moleskine concession should you feel inspired to unleash the writer in you. 

ESLITE, 8/F-10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3419 6789; eslitecorp.com

9/9 Swindon Book Co.

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Having opened in 1918, Swindon Book Co. has survived the digital revolution and continues to stand strong as one of Hong Kong's most beloved fuss-free book stores—and by fuss-free, we mean you won't find quirky, out-of-place lifestyle products or cute stationary. Call it old school, but this gem is really all about the books. 

Swindon Book Co., 13-15 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2366 8001; swindonbooks.com

See also: 10 Bestselling Books Set In Hong Kong

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