Specializing in English-language books, Booksmart has something for everyone, with thousands of books in stock from every category, from crime thrillers to textbooks to self-help paperbacks. Most volumes go for somewhere between $20 and $50, and if you’re too busy to make the trek to Sai Ying Pun, you can shop online via their website. They deliver to anywhere in Hong Kong, with free delivery for orders over $250.
Founded in 1997 by a husband and wife, browsing the shelves at Flow Books is the quaintest of shopping experiences, with every nook and cranny crammed with overflowing volumes. They carry both old and new books in English and Chinese, including out-of-print and rare first editions.There are also magazines, CDs, DVDs, and comics. With some volumes as cheap as $15, it’s a steal.
204 Lyndhurst Building, 29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +85 229 649 483
The Book Cure
A welcome alternative to big corporate bookstores, this small 130 square foot space in the old market town of Tai Po is a treasure trove of second-hand volumes. The books here are mostly Chinese, with a small selection of English volumes. Where books aren’t crammed in shelves, they’re stacked waist-high on the floor or packed in wooden crates outside the entrance.
Shop F021, Plover Cove Road, Tai Po Market, +85 253 923 220
Pop into this tiny bookshop in Yuen Long for an eclectic range of books at absurdly reasonable prices. Living Bookspace carries all kinds of books, and although most are in Chinese, they have a solid selection of English books, ranging from bestselling paperbacks to heavy philosophy reads. A haven for bookworms indeed.
Shop S96, Tai Kiu Market, Yuen Long, +85 269 371 318
Hau Yau Book Store
Established in 2002 and located in the artsy neighborhood of Sai Ying Pun, Hau Yau sells old and second-hand books in Chinese, ranging from textbooks, novels, and art books to nonfiction, as well as CDs. They operate on an environmentally friendly principle, and will personally come to pick up any books you want to sell. All donated books are disinfected and cleaned before they’re put on the shelves.
Shop 6, Kensington Mansion, 353 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, +85 228 032 840
Spirit Book Store
A testament to the fact that literature will never go out of fashion, Spirit was originally established in 1958 in Mong Kok, and now resides in North Point. Distinctive for its bright green shelves, this store is a pleasure to browse. The books here are mostly in Chinese, but there’s a great selection of English books to be found too.
Shop 7, G/F, Kin Yip Mansion, 24 Java Road, North Point, +85 223 857 371