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.

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Sapna Book House

Bookstop!

Photo source: Bookstop

Photo source: Bookstop

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.

Where: 485, KHB Colony, 17th Main, 1A Cross Road, Koramangala 5th Block

Price: INR 100 upwards

Contact: 080 25504268

Timings: 11am-9pm

Find them on Facebook here.

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 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. They also have a range of Kannada books.

Where: 19, BDA Shopping Complex, 3rd Block, Canara Bank Road, Koramangala

Price: INR 200 upwards

Contact: 080 25537744

Timings: 10am-6pm {closed on Sundays}

Landmark

Photo source: Landmark Stores

Photo source: Landmark Stores

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 too. While you’re at it, we suggest you check out the graphic novels and their stationery as well before you turn to the music and movies section.

Where: The Forum, 21, The Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala

Price: INR 100 upwards

Contact: 080 42404240

Timings: 11am-10pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Sapna Book House

sapna book house has comic books

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Touted to be the country’s largest book mall, this is where you’ll find books across different genres, stationery, gifts, multimedia accessories, movies, music, board games and even 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 attention. Students looking for texts or reference books, this is where your search will probably end. Read more about it here.

Where: 80 Feet Rd, Next to Reliance Foot Print, Ganapathi Temple Rd, Koramangala

Price: INR 100 upwards

Contact: 080 40839999

Timings: 10.30am-8.30pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here to shop online.

The Book Shoppe

Tucked away in a lane near Raheja Arcade is The Book Shoppe. Being a health store {they have personal care products as well} and bookstore rolled into one, you’re bound to find plenty of books on health, yoga and wellness. Along with a selection of other genres, of course.

Where: 407, Near-Forum, 7th Block, 1st C Main Rd, 7th Block, Koramangala

Price: INR 200 upwards

Contact: +91 9886112121

Timings: 11am-8pm

Atta Galatta

Photo source: AttaGalatta

Photo source: AttaGalatta

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.

Where: 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala

Price: INR 200 upwards

Contact: +91 9632510126

Timings: 11am-8pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

DC Books

Known to be a leading publisher in Kerala, DC Books has an outlet in the city, offering English and Malayalam books galore. Housed in an old home, the rooms here are all filled with shelves after shelves of books, some even stacked on the floor. Apart from an impressive collection of Malayalam books, their English section includes tomes of different genres, from educational and children’s books to fiction and poetry. But what you must look out for here would be their array of English translations of popular Malayalam works like Benyamin’s Goat Days. #LBBTip: While you’re there, check out the art space right above it  — Pineroots Art Cave.

Where: 387, 80 Feet Main Rd, Koramangala 4th Block, Koramangala

Price: INR 200 upwards

Contact: 080 40929447

Timings: 11am-8pm

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Check out their website here.

Feature Photo: Atta Galatta