1. Roel's Bookshop
This charming bookshop situated in the middle of the Maginhawa strip is a definite gem when looking for difficult-to-find books. Some of the best-selling poetry and philosophy works can be found here; they even take requests for titles. However, a waiting period can be expected especially when it is a sold-out work you're looking for. Roel's carries a wide selection of both international and local works so there is something for everyone here. Don't forget to check out their collection of hard-bound classics!
176 Maginhawa St,Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
2. Savage Mind: Arts, Books, Cinema
Owned and tendered by award-winning Bikolano writer, Kristian Cordero, Savage Mind is a must-visit when travelling to Naga City. Also a venue for book launches, film showings, and readings, this culture hub has something for everyone. Check out the not-for-sale shelf to browse through some of Kristian's favourite titles he has yet to part with— with enough persuasion you might convince him to let you buy it. But be warned, he drives a hard bargain! An array of brand new and pre-loved books line the walls of this well-appointed shop, make sure to take your time browsing!
#5 Peninsula St. Mayon Avenue, Tinago, Naga, Camarines Sur
Nestled in the heart of Manila, Solidaridad has long-served as a book lover's haven since it opened its doors in 1965. Owned and curated by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, this bookstore is home to his favourite Filipiniana titles. An easy go-to for local books, avid readers flock here to find contemporary and classic works. Every so often, the bookshop also serves as a venue for writer group gatherings and book launches.
531 Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
4. Mt. Cloud
Located close to Baguio's beloved heritage hotel, Casa Vallejo, Mt. Cloud bookshop is home to a stellar lineup of local and international titles. One can easily spend an entire afternoon here sifting through the picturesque two-storey store. They frequently host launches and activities for local writers which makes Mt. Cloud a staple destination when passing by Baguio City. Discover several Benguet memorabilia also sold here — during a visit, I got to take home a lovely set of postcards by National Artist, Benedicto Cabrera. Make sure to drop by Mt. Cloud next time you're around the area.
1 Yangco Road, Corner Brent Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
5. Uno Morato
Named after its original location at #1 Tomas Morato Street, this quaint store is a cult-favourite among local writers. Carrying a lot of independently-published works, Uno Morato is a haven for readers who want to explore titles by their favourite local authors. Comic book fans will also enjoy dropping by here as they carry several graphic novels. They also host timely events, like poetry readings, music gigs, and gatherings for writer groups. If you're looking for a venue to hold your writing workshop, Uno Morato is more than happy to welcome writers to share their space.
120 Maginhawa street, Teachers Village, Quezon City