Literary fanatics and bookworms, give your bookshelves a makeover by filling them with a broad range of underground comics, novels and secondhand books
If you’re a dedicated reader and/or a big fan of these popular Chinese authors and Japanese authors, then you’ll understand how much joy a big fat heavy hardcover book gives us. Here, we’ve put together a list of the best Hong Kong bookstores – including chains and independent bookstores that stock a range of bestsellers, secondhand books, novels and nonfiction, so you know where to shop indies for serendipity. Looking to read more? Kick-start your book habit with our big fat list of books to read.
One of the newest Hong Kong bookstores! Situated on St. Francis Street in Wan Chai, MOSSES is a lovely curated bookstore that offers a great selection of niche publications by independent authors and publishers from across the globe. You’ll also be able to grab some interesting zines at one of our favourite art galleries in Hong Kong next door called Odd One Out.
MOSSES, 14 St. Francis Street, Wanchai Hong Kong, p. 2351 2098, 灣仔聖佛蘭士街9號
The world-renowned global art book publisher Taschen is now in Hong Kong, and it’s moving into Tai Kwun. Taschen hopes to bring more quality publications by world-famous artists and designers to Hong Kong readers, including (it’s a long list!) photo books, coffee table books, art books, architecture books, sexy books, gay books, history books, music books and children’s books.
Taschen, Shop 01-G02, G/F, Headquarters Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2544 8018, 中環荷李活道10號大館地下
Bleak House Books
Established by an ex-lawyer and a historian, Bleak House Books is one of the newest independent bookstores in Hong Kong, selling mainly English secondhand books. Having a great collection of books, including vintage paperbacks, vintage Penguin classics and hardback fiction, Bleak House Books is a gem not to be missed. Originally situated in Kwun Tong, they’ve now relocated to the heart of Kowloon – San Po Kong. Definitely one of our favourite Hong Kong bookstores!
Read our interview with Bleak House Books here
Bleak House Books, Unit 2705, Well Tech Centre, 9 Pat Tat Street, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, p. 3705 0251, 新蒲崗八達街9號威達工貿商業中心2705號鋪
Books & Co.
Books & Co. is a cosy book cafe situated in Mid-Levels that welcomes customers to browse their bookshelves for as long as they want. This place offers a quiet space with a nostalgic ambience for readers to sit down, sip a drink and read.
Books & Co., 10 Park Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, p. 2559 5199, 半山柏道10號
Bei Bei Bookhouse
Established by a friendly couple in Yuen Long, not only is Bei Bei Bookhouse a hidden literary oasis, they also encourage the art of slow living. They have an interesting leave-a-book/take-a-meal policy, in which customers can feel free to give a book to the bookstore in exchange for a meal cooked by the owners using their own fresh grown produce. They are only open on Friday and Saturday, so make sure to check your calendar before visiting them!
Bei Bei Bookhouse, 67 Tai Kong Po Tsuen, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, p. 5225 4119, 香港新界錦田大江埔村67號
Hong Kong Reader Bookstore
Selling an array of both Chinese and English books on Humanities and Social Science – including Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Cultural Studies – Hong Kong Reader Bookstore is a beloved academic bookstore in Mong Kok. They aim to create a culturally-inspired space for readers and thinkers to explore their own thoughts and perspectives.
Hong Kong Reader Bookstore, 7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2395 0031, 西洋菜南街68號7樓
Kelly & Walsh
Starting out as a publisher and retailer in Shanghai in the 1870s, Kelly & Walsh has now branched out to Yokohama, Singapore and Hong Kong. Aiming to facilitate the cultural and intellectual pursuits of readers, Kelly & Walsh in Pacific Place has got great books instore for their customers. We are huge fans of their stunning giant coffee table books that cover everything from design to fashion to the weird and wonderful.
Kelly & Walsh, Shop 204, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, p. 2522 5744, 香港島金鐘金鐘道88號太古廣場204號鋪
Art and Cultural Outreach
Situated on the 13/F of Foo Tak Building, independent bookstore Art and Cultural Outreach is well-known for their great selection of alternative readings, ranging from photography books and poetry to children’s books. They are also dedicated to promoting different cultural events and art exhibition in Hong Kong.
Read more about Foo Tak Building here
Art and Cultural Outreach, 13/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Foo Tak Building, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2893 4808, 香港灣仔軒尼詩道365-367號富德樓13樓艺鵠ACO
Booktique is a charming independent English bookstore/boutique that specialises in English books revolving around topics like family, children and lifestyle. From English books and magazines to toys, there’s something for you, your friends and your children, plus they often have copies of popular titles that you can’t find elsewhere.
Booktique, Shop 1706-09, 17/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3527 3560, 香港灣仔皇后大道東183號合和中心17樓1706-09號鋪
Flow Books x Lily Bookshop
One of our favourite independent Hong Kong bookstores to grab second-hand books – Flow Books x Lily Bookshop is a wonderful community-building bookstore situated in the heart of Sheung Wan. The quaint independent bookstore has a great collection of secondhand books – ranging from European History and Chinese Poetry to Gender Studies – proving it to be a gem in our vibrant literary community, and a calm oasis amidst the concrete jungle.
Flow Books x Lily Bookshop, Room F & G, 1/F, Kai Fung Mansion, 189-205 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2964 9483, 上環皇后大道中189-205號啟豐大廈1樓F及G室
With six branches spread across Hong Kong, Bookazine is an English bookstore chain that supports and champions local authors and writers. Other than the New York Times’ Best Sellers, they also sell greeting cards, a selection of cookbooks, adorable knick-knacks and kids’ favourite sweets – making it a fun and diverse place for families and friends to hang.
Bookazine, Shop 326-328, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2522 1785, 中環遮打道10號太子大廈326-328號鋪
Kubrick, one of our favourite Hong kong bookstores, is just right around the corner from Broadway Cinematheque. We’re fascinated by their vast collection of nonfiction, graphic novels, soundtracks, CDs and vinyls, and they also have a lovely selection of niche magazines from across the globe. From underground graphic novels published by Fantagraphics to selected poems of the legendary poet Bei Dao, Kubrick never ceases to surprise you with their outstanding choices of books. This place is a fun house for all the indie kids that are into literature, music and films!
Kubrick, Shop H2, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, p. 2384 8929, 油麻地眾坊街3號駿發花園H2地舖
Opening its first shop in 1993, Clark’s Comics has grown into the largest comic retailer in Hong Kong, selling not only comics but also interesting action figures and collectible toys. From Marvel and DC Comics to Image Comics – such as the recent hit I Hate Fairyland by Skotti Young – their wide variety of American comics has gained them a huge fan following. It’s one of the best Hong Kong bookstores to shop comics.
Clark’s Comics, Shop B7, B/F, Causeway Bay Centre, 15-23 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2890 7718, 銅鑼灣糖街15-23號銅鑼灣中心地庫B7號鋪
Parenthèses is a cosy French bookstore located on the second floor of Duke Wellington House in Central. They have an amazing array of French books – including textbooks, magazines, travel guides, graphic novels (we’re big fans of Guy Delisle) – and even French films on DVD! French beginners, it’s time to grab your copy of Le Petit Prince or L’etranger at Parenthèse and practice.
Parenthèses, 2/F, Duke Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 9215, 中環威靈頓街14-24號威靈頓公爵大廈2樓
Imprint AKA: The bookstore without a name
Imprint is a safe haven hidden in Mui Wo. First started in 2006, this picturesque independent bookstore has slowly grown into every HK bookworms favourites. The owner Terry Boyce believes that a physical bookstore allows customers to have the experience of browsing, discovering and his store creates the condition for this serendipity to happen. An online bookstore can’t even come close.
Imprint, G/F (next to HSBC), Silver Centre, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, p. 2984 9371, 大嶼山梅窩銀礦中心大廈地下滙豐銀行旁
As the most well-known retail bookstore chain in Taiwan, Eslite has taken bookworms in Hong Kong by storm when it first arrived five years ago. Covering three floors of Hysan Place, the space is filled with quality books – with writers and illustrators across genres, stationery, DVDs and different snack and tea stalls. It’s easy to spend half a day just strolling around the shops and idle away all your time without noticing. They also have branches in TST and Tai Koo, and we are fans of their retail programme too.
Eslite, 8/F-10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 3419 6789, 香港銅鑼灣軒尼詩道500號希慎廣場8-10樓