The world may have moved on to Kindles and iPads, among other things, but there are still a few old-school folks out there for whom a book means having the joy of holding one that they can flip through, sniff, and probably even fold at the edges {oh don’t be dramatic; we’ve all done it}.

And for some of these old-school folks, the correct way to buy a book is by heading straight to the bookstore {after having bravely pushed past the temptation of buying discounted copies off the internet}. It is for such folks that we’ve drawn up a list of our beloved bookstores in the capital. Is your favourite here too?


A childhood favourite, Midlands is a cosy little bookstore in Aurobindo. A family-run store, they have a great science fiction selection, and always have the latest books by Indian authors. Their comic book and graphic novel collection, while small, isn’t bad either. If you want a book they don’t have, they are more than willing to order it for you.

Where: 20, Aurobindo Place Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Block C2, Hauz Khas

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Timings: 9.30am – 10pm

Contact: 011 26867121

People Tree Bookstore

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Situated in the People Tree clothing store, the bookshop is small and intimate. The selection is not the largest but, we promise you, dig around long enough and you can find some diamonds in the rough that made your patience totally worth it.

Where: 8 Regal Building, Parliament Street, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Timings: 10.30am – 7pm

Contact: 011 23340699, 011 23744877

Bahri Sons

A Khan Market classic since 1953, Bahri Sons is also one of Delhi’s better-known bookstores. We’ve always enjoyed their selection of coffee table books, and they always seem to have every Man Booker Prize nominee available {which is not easy!}. The magazine section in the back is always packed. Bahri Sons recently underwent a renovation, making their upper section roomier and easier to browse through.

Where: Khan Market, Opp. Main Gate, Next to Dayal Opticals

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market

Timings: 10.30am – 7.30pm

Contact: 011 24694610

May Day Bookstore 

may dayOne of the very few Indie bookstores in the city, May Day is situated in a place most bookstore owners would consider fatal for business. But there’s good reason for that, as the idea was not so much to earn profits as it was to grow and promote a community that has great love for reading.

Referred by rickshaw-wallas in the area as ‘bayaasi number’, May Day stocks various genres of books {we hear the owner refuses to stock books by Chetan Bhagat and writers of the similar clan, even though they generate maximum profits}, but it is their selection of second-hand books that we keep going back for.

Where: 2254/2A, Ground Floor, Shadi Khampur, West Patel Nagar

Nearest Metro Station: Shadipur

Timings: 10am – 6.30pm

Contact: 011 25709456

Oxford Bookstore

One of the largest bookstores in Delhi, Oxford greets patrons with a series of photography and coffee table books on the walls. The size and selection of the store could have you browsing it for hours. With Cha Bar inside, it is the perfect meeting spot for readers. Buy a book, grab a chai and patiently await your friend’s arrival.

Where: N-81, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Timings: 10am – 9.30pm

Contact: 011 33503291-93


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If you’re looking for popular fiction, sci-fi, or classics, CMYK may not be quite the right store to walk into, but for those with a keen eye for art and design, this is the perfect space. With spacious interiors and a collection that includes books on art, design, photography, fashion, travel, lifestyle, cooking, gardening, and more, CMYK is a treat for those who like their books to have a visual appeal. Plus, their stationery products are also worth checking out.

Where: 15-16, Meherchand Market, Lodhi Road

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium

Timings: 11am – 8pm

Contact: 011 24641881

Famous Book Store

One of the oldest bookstores in the city, Famous Book Store was founded in 1933 in Janpath, and has remained there ever since. If you’ve been out for a shopping trip on the lanes of Janpath and have snuck into Depaul’s for a quick cold coffee, you’re very likely to have laid your eyes on this bookstore. Wooden, small, and comfortable, Famous Book Store has absolutely no frills with its old-world charm and a large collection of bestselling books, Delhi guides, leather bound editions of classics, and more.

Where: 25, Janpath, New Janpath Market,

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Timings: 11.30am – 8.30pm {Sunday closed}

Contact: 011 23311510

Full Circle Bookstore

full circleWith wooden flooring, stacks and shelves full of books, and a café to seal the deal, if we were to find faults in Full Circle, we’d keep looking for a long time. The feel of the bookstore is such that even non-readers on a sole mission to get to Café Turtle located above may find themselves tempted to halt for a bit and check out a few new releases. Us? We find our friends hesitating when we speak of heading to Café Turtle for a coffee, for a long stopover a Full Circle is always in the cards.

Where: Shop no. 23, 1st and 2nd floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market

Timings: 9.30am – 9.30pm

Contact: 011 24655641

Find out more here.

The Bookshop

Ever since it first opened shop in 1970, The Bookshop remains an old favourite for many Dilliwallas. Frequented by noteworthy authors like William Dalrymple, Khushwant Singh, and Arundhati Roy, The Bookshop is great if you’re looking for books on literary fiction, biographies, current events, crime and mystery, graphic novels, and cookbooks; they even have a separate section just for kids.

And if you’re unable to find a book you must have, they’ll do their best to procure it from the publishers.

Where: 13/7 Jor Bagh Market

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh

Timings: 10.3oam – 7pm

Contact: 011 24697102

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Featured image courtesy: Bahri Sons