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This Basement Bookstore On Church Street Is Home To Amazing Second Hand Buys

Neha posted on 13 July

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A cosy little home for books in the centre of the city is Church Street’s book paradise no 2 {the other one is this}. Say hi to Goobe’s Book Republic, a bookstore where you will find a wonderful curation of second hand books.

When Personal Went Public

What used to be a personal library in the lounge of Church Street Inn became, in 2009, a full-fledged bookstore and lending library. Ravi Menezes owns and runs Goobe’s Book Republic, a bookstore which, in its own words, calls itself the city’s “best little bookstore”. We’re inclined to agree. The name comes from the Kannada for owl {so that’s pronounced goo-bay, not goob}; the word is used as an insult, meaning “stupid person”, and yet, another connotation is of an intelligent person.

Finding Is Keeping

Within this airy basement bookshop you’ll find a dazzling variety of books — crime novels, science fiction, travelogues, and some pretty esoteric books. You’ll also find cult favourite graphic novels and comics here, such as the Cyanide and Happiness collection or George Mathen’s Moonward. Also look for illustrated children’s books, manga, and even some foreign-language books. We are also partial to their section dedicated to food and cookbooks, where we have found ourselves tomes on how to whip up a mean espresso, the best of Bed & Breakfast Places in France and more. If you happen to be stuck or baffled by the amount of choices available around you, then just ask the ever-helpful owner Ravi for a recommendation.

Why We Love Them

We love Goobes not just for their selection of books but also for their general championing of reading. And even if Church Street feels far, far away, you can always keep up with the happenings at the bookstore via one of their many social media channels. What also works for Goobes is that you are less likely to be overwhelmed with books here. It’s a manageable, comfortably-sized collection. Each time we’ve paused here, we’ve left significantly richer.Image Credits: Goobe's

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Goobe's Book Republic

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locationAshok Nagar

11, Church Street, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

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