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Nothing quite compares to leafing through a book, and these independent South African bookstores sell the best of the best. From major cities to small towns, they’re the perfect place to spend long afternoons or lazy weekend mornings.
Fables Bookshop in Grahamstown was founded in 1990 and deals mainly in out-of-print, academic and specialist, Africana titles. Fables also sells fascinating hand-painted maps of the Cape Colony and Eastern Cape, as well as almost impossible-to-find genealogy CDs.
Fables Bookshop, 119 High St, Grahamstown, South Africa, +27 46 636 1525
The Book Cottage is exactly as the name suggests: a charming cottage filled with books, and is situated in Hermanus, a seaside village in the Overberg. They stock a comprehensive range, from local authors to international best-sellers and children’s books, plus they often host special readings and book launches.
The Book Cottage, 17 Long St, Hermanus, South Africa, +27 28 313 0834