Even though Beijing boasts a number of lavish shopping malls, the absence of bookshops in them is often perplexing. There is no doubt that China has as many bibliophiles as other countries. It appears, however, that the concept of bookshops as people know it in the west is interpreted differently with the help of technology and well-priced online book retailers. For those who still swear to the superiority of traditional bookshops, we have found Beijing’s hidden little gems.
The Bookworm in Beijing is not just a bookshop, but one of the city’s major cultural hubs. Local and foreign culture lovers that crave to be surrounded by stacks of books while enjoying a cup of coffee need look no further. The Bookworm includes a café-restaurant with a rare selection of whiskeys, and hosts a number of events such as movie screenings, comedy nights, lectures, literary festivals, and various poetry and writing workshops. It has been named one of “The Best Bookshops in the World” by Lonely Planet.