All Is Not Lost: 7 Independent Book Stores In Hong Kong
The big players might be gone—RIP Page One and Dymocks—but the love of print, for many, will never die. Here are seven of Hong Kong’s remaining bookstores that you can go to and get lost in:
Basheer has a cult following in Southeast Asia and now Hong Kong thanks to its reputation for having one of the best-curated selection of art-centric books and magazines.
Those looking for titles - including less mainstream titles - on fashion, graphic design, architecture, art and more should definitely pay a visit to this hidden gem in the heart of Causeway Bay.
Lok Man Rare Books
Tucked away on Chancery Lane and shrouded by trees, this sanctuary is home to a remarkable collection of rare, signed and first edition books that include works of modern and classic literature, children’s literature, food and wine, history and travel, economics and finance, and sport and hobbies.
Lok Man Rare Books’ website stays up to date about what’s in store, but we highly recommend visiting the store itself – accidentally coming across a first edition copy of classics such as Truman Capote’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s" or Richard Adams’ “Watership Down” is an experience that any book lover deserves to experience.
Housed in the same complex as Broadway Cinematheque, a cluster of four cinemas that boasts the city's most varied programming and home to many of the city's film festivals, is a charming bookstore named Kubrick (named after director Stanley Kubrick, naturally).
As well as housing the city's best selection of film, art and other lifestyle books, a huge selection of DVDs and movie memorabilia, the community-driven venue also has a charming cafe and hosts regular talks and workshops with local writers and filmmakers.
Kelly & Walsh
Kelly & Walsh is home to a great selection of coffee table books, classic and contemporary literature and what has to be one of the city's most impressive culinary book collections.
Passionate about encouraging and supporting a love of reading, Kelly & Walsh regularly hosts author visits and author events.
Taking over three floors and more than 40,000 square feet of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Taiwanese chain ESLITE has tens of thousands of titles to choose from - over a third of which are in English. There's also a dedicated and extremely diverse magazine section, lots of corner sections selling quirky lifestyle products and even a built-in Moleskine concession should you feel inspired to unleash the writer in you.
Tai Yip Art Book Centre
This Tsim Sha Tsui store is a Hong Kong culture vulture's dream come true. It specialises in books on niche topics that range from Chinese art to Chinese history, symbolism, archaeology, lacquerware, jade, snuff bottles, ceramics, costumes, teaware and more.
For 20 years, Flow Books has been the go-to store in Hong Kong for both brand new books and second-hand bargains. Amongst novels and textbooks, this cosy oasis in Sheung Wan is also a treasure trove of collectables such as first editions, out-of-print titles and even auction items.