Top Bookstores in Hong Kong

5 December, 2017
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Lifestyle, What's On HK

Top Bookstores in Hong Kong

Keep calm and read on…


Bookstores have so much more to offer than online shops! For one, you get immediate satisfaction as you browse the shelves of freshly stacked books, flip through those crisp pages with thumb and finger (ahh, that ‘new book’ smell!) and peruse stationery, pens, cute trinkets and slogan bookmarks. And despite the perpetual maze that is a Hong Kong shopping mall, English language bookstores aren’t as few and far between as you may think. And we’ve rounded up five of our favourites for all our fellow bookworms out there…

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 2 July, 2014 (written by Siobhan Bent), and updated for accuracy on 5 December, 2017.

Featured image courtesy of Unsplash. Image 1 courtesy of Kumory, Image 2 courtesy of Star Street, Image 3 courtesy of Michelec, Image 4 courtesy of Landmark, Image 5 courtesy of Lok Man Rare Facebook.

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For a beautiful, carefully curated selection of books in an uber cool setting, head to Kubrick in Yau Ma Tei. This cute little book store has a range of art and design books, travel and cookery books, specialty magazines, novels and more. It’s the perfect place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon as it has its own cafe. Round the corner you’ll find stationery, records, and a DVD store, and even a cinema (one that features independent films!). We love the creative, chilled-out atmosphere and friendly staff.Kubrick is a must-visit for book lovers.

Kubrick, Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2384 8929,

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Established all the way back in 1985, Bookazine boasts eight locations across Honkers, each offering a unique shopping experience! The largest, in Prince’s Building, stocks more than 900 magazine titles and over 20,000 books, in addition to a myriad of gifts (many of which are eco-friendly!). And if you’re on the hunt for best sellers and last-minute birthday cards, its Lyndhurst Terrace location holds a treasure trove of trinkets. If you’re running errands, there is likely a Bookazine somewhere nearby!

Bookazine, Shop 309, The Landmark, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2522 1785, Check out all Bookazine locations here!

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No longer just a simple bookstore, the Eslite brand encompasses an art gallery, a theatre and performance forum, and a ‘Gourmet Group’ dealing in wine, foodstuffs and professional kitchen equipment, all sharing the mantra to ‘bring good things to life’. The Hong Kong Eslite outpost is no exception: spanning three floors and more than 40,000 square feet of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, the mega-store is a wonderland of printed offerings with hundreds of thousands of titles, more than one-third of which are English language!

Eslite, 8/F-10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong,  Tel: 3419 6789,

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Kelly & Walsh

Kelly & Walsh shines in the category of art and culinary publishing with an impressive and in-depth selection in an intimate, boutique-feeling shop. From super chefs Gordon Ramsay and Ferran Adria, to cult favourites such as The Kinfolk Table, to seriously encyclopedic tomes as Jancis Robinson’s World Atlas of Wine, K&W’s cookery section goes above and beyond!

Kelly & Walsh, Shop 204, L2 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2522 7893,

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Lok Man Rare Books

Conveniently situated on Chancery Lane in Central, Lok Man Rare Books offers a vast array of rare reads, from first editions to valuable folios. It’s home to a wealth of unique riches – modern and classical literature, children’s literature, history and more. The proprietor, Lorence Johnston, also offers visitors personal guidance and is readily accessible if you need help sourcing extremely rare books. Alongside being Hong Kong’s destination for the most precious finds, it doubles as the perfect venue for private cocktail parties and wine tasting events.

Lok Man Rare Books, Ground Floor, 6 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong, 2868 1056,

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