The Best Independent Bookstores in Dubai

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Photo of Thais Kelly
30 June 2017

There’s nothing better than a good book. When people travel, they often take the time to sit back and finally read that book they’ve been keeping next to their bedside table for five months but never managed to actually read because of the hassle of everyday life. For those who forgot to grab that book before heading to their holidays in Dubai, there are several independent bookstores to help save your day.

House of Prose

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The charming name matches this charming place. House of Prose is a secondhand bookstore with two different locations in Dubai. This is a great place to buy pre-loved books for a great prices. Other than selling books, House of Prose also buys them. So for visitors who came to Dubai with a book they finished, this is a great place to sell it, make an extra buck and make sure that their book goes to another loving home where it will be read, loved and passed on to the next person.

Culture & Co

Parle français? Well, Culture & Co is the perfect bookshop for all things French. This shop is focused solely on French books and offers readers a chance to purchase books for both children and adults in order to help them learn the language, or simply enjoy French literature for those who are already fluent. The bookshop also sells educational school books for those studying French, as well as games and even stationary. It’s a little slice of France in the heart of Dubai.


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This small bookshop has been around for over 16 years and is a favorite among Dubai’s students. Bookworm is located a mere five minutes drive away from four different schools and is the only store in town exclusively for kids. This is the perfect place to bring children and make them fall in love with literature and reading. Encouraging children to read while on holiday can be a great way to distract them, as well as teach them about traveling within a book, and Bookworm will have the best books for that!

Book World Trading

Any book worm out there has already fantasized about being in a room with hundreds of thousands of books – and Book World Trading is that dream coming to life. This second-hand bookstore has shocking amounts of books from all types and genres. Whether visitors are looking to purchase or to give one of their books a new home, this is the perfect place to go. Located in one of the less touristic areas in Dubai, this is also a great opportunity to step outside the typical travel itineraries and see a side of the city people wouldn’t have otherwise.

BookMunch Cafe

This cafe is trendy, cozy and literary. BookMunch Cafe offers delicious foods, as well as a space where people can both buy books and read them. The cafe’s walls are filled with books for every taste and visitors can come here, grab lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon with a good read. The delicious menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options including sandwiches, comfort food and “Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea”. This is the place in town to feed your mind and tummy.

BookMunch Cafe, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, UAE, +971 4 388 4006

BookMuch Cafe, Bay Square, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE, +971 4 388 4006

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