Bookworms On The Beach: Check Out These Beautiful Bookshops In Goa

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Susegad and Goa go together like bread and butter. There is nothing better than reading a book to get into the Goa state of mind. And Goa offers some really cosy and gorgeous bookstores; with most of them housed in Old Portuguese-era houses with beautiful gardens. One can just take a book and relax in their store, verandah, or gardens with a book and occasionally even a cup of your favourite joe.

Literati Bookstore

Nestled in a hidden lane off the busy and crowded main Calangute road, the Literati has been featured in the book, ‘Footnotes from World’s Greatest Bookstores’. It is housed in a lovely old house with a huge garden. Diviya Kapur, the formidable force behind this bookstore has made this a space for every book lover whether young or old, to visit, browse, read, and discuss books. She has a book club as well as other events throughout the year, not to mention her Labrador, who is popular with all who visit the store.

The Goa State Central Library

This ultra-modern Goa State Central Library in Panjim is the oldest public library in India and though not exactly a bookstore, does have a small one. This recently renovated and well-designed library has a bookshop, gallery and some six floors of reading material. It is open on all days of the week, except for public holidays. It features a children’s book section, free Internet browsing for academic research, Goan history books that you will not find anywhere else and the sixth-largest collection of Portuguese books. Add to it Braille books, periodicals, manuscripts, journals, maps & newspapers, this place can be considered as Mecca for any bookworm.

Champaca

Tucked away in Goa's lively heart, Champaca is a quaint bookstore named after the fragrant Kannada flower. This women-led venture, that originated in Bangalore, offers a curated collection of books, showcasing local Goan authors and culture, alongside titles on caste, society, and feminism. The children's corner features vibrant graphics, while staff recommendations cater to diverse tastes. It is a hub of activity, hosting events like story readings, author workshops, and book launches. The reading club, driven by a yearly challenge, presents books based on intriguing prompts. 

Singbal’s Book House

Step into a world of literary magic at Singbal's Book House in Panaji, where the charm of bookstores defies the digital age! Established in 1936, this enchanting bookstore is nestled in the main square, right near the Panjim Church and Fontainhas. Don't let its quaint size deceive you; Singbal's is a veritable treasure trove, brimming with international bestsellers, captivating fiction, enthralling novels, insightful travel guides, and much more! As Goa's oldest and most beloved bookstore, it dazzles with its meticulously maintained shelves, and warm and helpful staff. Embark on a thrilling adventure through the pages at this enduring sanctuary for bibliophiles, where the passion for reading lives on!

Crossword

Crossword Bookstore in Goa is a vibrant oasis for book lovers, offering a delightful experience amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. This renowned chain boasts an extensive collection, catering to diverse tastes with an array of genres, from fiction and non-fiction to travel guides and children's books. The inviting ambiance, coupled with comfortable seating areas, encourages hours of leisurely browsing and reading. Crossword also features a thoughtful selection of stationery, games, and gifts, making it a one-stop-shop for literary enthusiasts. So how will you be spending your time here?

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