The Best Independent Bookstores in Agadir

A bookseller in Morocco
A bookseller in Morocco | © Thomas Leuthard / Wikimedia Commons
Sarah Williams

While reading isn’t a particularly popular pastime in Morocco, with oral storytelling and poetry traditionally favoured over the written word, the country still has a decent selection of bookshops. Grab a good read to accompany you at the beach from one of these top bookshops in the seaside city of Agadir.

1. Crown English Bookshop

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Crown English Bookshop, located on Boulevard Hassan II, is one of the best places in Agadir to buy books written in English. It mainly sells used and second-hand reading materials, so there is generally just one or two copies of a particular book. It’s better to head here to browse and see what catches your eye, rather than to visit with a particular title or author in mind.

Crown English Bookshop, Boulevard Hassan II, Agadir, Morocco

A colourful swirl of books | © Judit Klein / Flickr

2. Al Mouggar Livres

Al Mouggar Livres is a fairly large bookshop in Agadir. It sells a wide assortment of books, from novels to autobiographies and from general reference books to books about the local area’s history and culture. Most of them are in French, but you can find some written in English too.

Al Mouggar Livres, Imm “P” Ave du Prince Moulay Abdallah, Agadir, Morocco, +212 5288 42712

A collection of French books | © mhobl / Flickr

3. Librairie Manahil Al Irfane

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Located a short way out of the heart of Agadir city, in the neighbourhood of Drarga, Librairie Manahil Al Irfane can be found fairly close to the airport and to Crocoparc, one of the city’s major attractions. It mainly sells textbooks and informational books, particularly related to IT, business, and technology. Most titles are written in either French or Arabic. The store also sells an assortment of office supplies and stationery.

5. Librairie Papeterie Taleb

Bookstore, School, Shop

Inside a Moroccan bookstore
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Librairie Papeterie Taleb is a fairly large bookshop in the Oulad Teima area of the city. Not far from the harbour and Agadir Oufella, the shop has a selection of books for both adults and children. Fiction covering different genres and non-fiction books are available, and they’re all tightly packed on shelves and stacked high on tables, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Books sold here are mainly written in Arabic and French. Keep your eyes peeled for books in other shopping establishments as well, such as supermarkets, souks, and markets. Some museums, art galleries, and other places of interest also sell a small selection of books related to the local history, heritage, people, and culture of Agadir and its surroundings.
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