What we love about Koramangala is that it has a nice mix of everything, from lively pubs and laidback cafes to cultural spaces and parks. The hood also boasts of quite a few bookstores, offering tomes across different genres and languages. Whether it’s that newly launched book, a translated work of a regional classic or something for your little ones, Koramangala’s pick of bookshops will have you sorted. What’s more, some of them come with charming cafes, art spaces or even other shopping options.
Bookworms! Crawl Your Way Through These Bookstores In Koramangala
A cosy and charming independent bookstore along the lane to Jyoti Nivas College, Bookstop! might be easily missed amidst all the cafes and restaurants in the area. While they do have a varied selection of fiction, non fiction and management books (all curated by the owner, Jayanti), what we love here is their children’s book collection. This is where you can pick up picture books like The Missing Piece Meets The Big O as well as graphic novels of classics like Macbeth for your little one. They even have an entire cabinet of rare titles for kids, we hear. Their array of tomes on current affairs and popular science (think works by the likes of Richard Dawkins and Oliver Sacks) also deserve a thumbs up.
In Touch Books & Magazines
A relatively small store in the Koramangala BDA Complex, In Touch stocks a little of everything, whether it’s the sappy romance of Mills & Boon or Edward de Bono’s tomes on lateral thinking. They also have a nice little collection to start your kids off on — picture books, abridged versions of popular works and illustrated encyclopedias. Along with non-fictional works, they stock dictionaries and reference texts (owing to the colleges nearby, we’re guessing), and a selection of magazines, from Vogue to Autocar. There's even an extensive range of Kannada books.
The fiction category here holds everything, from new releases and bestsellers to classics and books adapted into movies. Whether you’re looking for the Percy Jackson series or a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets, you’re bound to find them all here. We particularly love their stock of Penguin’s series of lesser known short stories (in cute pocketbook-like versions, for just INR 99!) such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Olalla. Books on varied subjects like history, health, food and drinks, business, and hobbies and interests (Games of Thrones colouring book, anyone?) find a place on their shelves too. What’s more, they even have a reading area. And while you’re at it, we suggest you check out the graphic novels and stationery as well before you turn to the gaming, music and movies section.
Sapna Book House
Touted to be the country’s largest book mall, this is where you’ll find books, magazines and journals across different genres. There's even stationery, gifts, multimedia accessories, movies, music, board games and even certain outdoor sports equipment. Along with tomes, comics also have a place of prominence at Sapna Book House. Think rows of neatly stacked Tintin, Phantom, Batman, Captain America and Chhota Bheem comics, all vying for your or the little one's attention. Students (across education boards) looking for texts or reference books, this is where your search will probably end. Read more about it here.
While Atta Galatta is known for being a performance space that hosts regular cultural events, it was originally started as a regional language bookstore and still sticks to the theme. The charming space is just perfect for you to sit back and get lost in a book (with a cup of coffee from their cafe), or you could even buy them. Apart from English, their collection includes works in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali. Want a copy of that old Tamil book which you can’t find anywhere else? Let them know and they might get it for you.
This isn't really a book fair. More like a large space selling books of all genres, be it educational, fictional, non-fiction, spiritual or even text books for the little ones. This one's a large space with books aligned in long tables and open cabinets. Here, you can get your Murakamis to your Kannada Kali Nali at prices that are extemely affordable. We especially loved the deals they have on books wherein you can pick a certain number of books at a discounted price. Watch (and read) more about the brand here.