The 10 Best Bookstores In Mumbai

Crossword|© Shankar S/Flickr
Crossword|© Shankar S/Flickr
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14 November 2016

Whether you are on the prowl for cheap used books, textbooks, the latest fiction or quirky and rare nonfiction, Mumbai’s bookstores have got you covered. Here are the top ten bookshops that bibliophiles in the city should know.

City Book Center, Andheri

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City Book Center has been at its Andheri location since 2004, after owner Pramod Bodale, like many of his counterparts, found himself evicted from his streetside stall in Fort by the city’s municipal corporation. Equipped with everything from study guides and textbooks to secondhand novels at incredibly low prices, City Book Center has something for everyone. Moreover, the store also functions as a library, allowing patrons to receive a refund of 30 percent of the book’s original cost if they return it after reading.

Kitab Khana, Fort

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If you are looking to spend hours browsing through shelves at a large bookstore with cozy décor and a fabulous in-store café, then Kitab Khana in Fort is where you should go. Located inside a 150-year-old building with distinct old-world charm, the store has an impressive collection of books spanning across foreign and regional languages and ranging from the latest fiction bestsellers to rare nonfiction. They also have an impressive children’s book collection.

Bargain Book Hut, Kala Ghoda

True to its name, Bargain Book Hut has a good collection of books at unbeatable low prices, with options for further discounts if you have one of their membership plans. A unit of Wilco Publishing House, a heritage publishing organization which was founded in the city more than half a century ago, Bargain Book Hut also has an outlet at Mumbai’s domestic airport.

Bargain Book Hut, ITTS House, Ground Floor, 33 Shri Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, India, +91 99305 69372

Strand Book Stall, Fort

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A landmark store, Strand Book Stall was founded in 1949 in the Colaba area, moving to its current location in Fort in 1953. Past patrons of this store range from former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Vajpayee to business tycoons JRD Tata and Dhirubhai Ambani. After half a century, it remains one of the city’s best outlets, offering a great collection of books at affordable prices.

The New & Second Hand Book Shop, Kalbadevi

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When founded in 1905, The New & Second Hand Book Shop only sold raddi paper (waste paper) but soon branched out to selling books, which it continues to do today. With a vast collection including unique, old poetry books and obscure textbooks from the past century as well as cheap, secondhand and new copies of bestsellers, the 110-plus-year-old store manages to stay relevant amidst an ever-increasing number of chain stores in the city.

Title Waves, Bandra

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Spread over 8000 square feet, Title Waves is the city’s first and largest boutique bookstore. Equipped with touch screen kiosks helping you locate your book, a listening lounge as well as high definition LED panels to screen Blu-ray movie trailers, DVDs, and CDs, the store offers one of the most comfortable book-browsing experiences in the city.

Trilogy, Lower Parel

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This stylish bookstore at the Raghuvanshi Mills complex in Lower Parel has a heavily curated collection of books with a focus on lesser-known domestic writers as well as nonfiction. Trilogy also features a well-stocked library featuring a range of fiction and nonfiction, including coffee table books, children’s books, illustrations, etc.

Book Lovers, Andheri

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Book Lovers is a no-frills bookstore with a vast collection of magazines, fiction, and nonfiction for you to flip through endlessly. With budget-friendly prices, well-informed and friendly staff, and a good chance for you to find rare and quirky reads that might just make your day, Book Lovers is easily one of the city’s best bookstores.

Crossword, Kemps Corner

With more than 15 outlets spread throughout the city, Crossword is no doubt one of the city’s most popular. With the latest releases in fiction and nonfiction as well as literature from around the country, Crossword is there to serve your needs whether you know exactly what book you want or if you want to spend hours just browsing through shelves.

Crossword, 09/11, Ground Floor, Mohammedbhai Mansion, N.S. Patkar Marg, Below Kemps Corner Flyover, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6627 2100