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Book 'Em: Guide To Bookstores In Mumbai For Every Kind Of Reader
From a Crossword at a petrol pump to independent stores and book cafes in the city, Mumbai has a lot of bookstores. But what I love about some of Mumbai’s bookstores is how much they have to offer besides the books, bricks and mortar. It’s a total experience. Finding books I didn’t know about, drinking one of the best hot chocolates in town and more. Here are some of my favourite (and hatke) bookstore in the city.
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Leaping Windows Café, Versova
Situated in Versova, this place has an excellent collection of Manga graphic novels and comics. It is a one-stop shop for such books in the city. It has a cute café with great interiors and funky décor. One of my favourite things here is the hot chocolate in the café, which is one thing you might not want to miss. Find a cozy corner and cuddle up with the hot chocolate and one of their vast variety of comics.
Title Waves, Bandra
They call themselves Mumbai’s first-ever large-format bookstore, and Titles Waves is one of the most spacious bookstores in the city. Situated in the by-lanes of Pali Hill, Bandra, it is very easy to spot because of its sheer size, it's spread over 8,000 square feet. Despite its huge size, it gives you the feel of a small bookstore itself, with books, articles, decor and stationery for children and adults, in all sorts of genres.
P.S: There's also a specially designed listening lounge inside Title Waves, that has been created to belt out your favourite music and screen some high definition blue ray movie trailers on high definition LED panels.
Wayword & Wise, Fort
This is one bookstore you go to if you're seriously looking for something great to read with an equally great recommendation. If you’re coming here, don’t forget to play a game with the book store manager. Tell him your top three books or authors, and he will, by collating your taste and what he’s learned in over a decade in the books business, tell you what to read next. This is the most well-curated bookstore you will come across in Mumbai. Expect to leave with both your wallet and heart lighter.
Bargain Book Hut, Multiple Outlets
Bargain Book Hut is a chain of concept bookstores with 10 stores across the country that houses titles ranging from health, fiction, non-fiction to art, history, and even photography. This quaint store located on 16th Road in Bandra West sells brand new books at unbelievably low prices (lower than any other mainstream bookstore, we promise!) Books begin at anything around INR 25 with their smallest discount being 10 per cent.
P.S: It's a great place to discover some good books for kids.
Granth Book Store, Juhu
Granth Bookstore in Juhu is just the place to get lost in a good book with a cappuccino (or two.) It is a two-storey book store, where the books are neatly classified into their sections starting with new arrivals and bestsellers. Their other rows include humour, poetry, science/mathematics, biographies, Indian fiction, history, philosophy, religion and self-help. Their Classics section includes Penguin classics, beautifully printed hardcovers by Word Cloud Classics, Octopus Books and Canterbury Classics.
P.S: We also love the fact that there's an inhouse café whipping up some comforting coffee.
Vasundhara Book Store, Powai
An independent bookstore in Powai, Vasundhara is vibrant and offers you a wide selection of books in Hindi, English and even Marathi. It focusses on classics and contemporary writers, both Indian and international. They also stock up on subjects like cinema, theatre, arts, the environment, travel, philosophy and recreation.
Crossword, Multiple Outlets
The city’s most popular bookstore houses books beyond your imagination. From the latest international releases in fiction and non-fiction to smaller indigenous authors, graphic novels and the history of the world, you’ll find it all here. Not just that, if you’re looking to satisfy your stationery needs, this is the place to be. Whether you’re there to read up on your next travel destination or experience the world in another perspective, Crossword provides you with all the answers.
P.S: If you’re a member, you’ll get to be a part of numerous book readings that usually take place during the weekend. Eminent authors visit the bookstore (you get notified if you’re a member), and you can get your own signed copy of your favourite book (we’ve met Jeffry Archer there).
The Book House
The Book House is one of the oldest secondhand bookstores that's spreading the love of reading in Mumbai since 1958. It sells secondhand school and college books, along with those that are useful for medical and engineering students, apart from novels too. Given that there are colleges in the vicinity, this Matunga bookstore is mostly packed with youngsters looking for popular fiction books by Amish Tripathi, Chetan Bhagat, J.K Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, Stephenie Meyer, E.L James and many more.
P.S: The owner also has a book collection reserved for those who are his oldest customers (isn’t that adorable?)