“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”- J.K. Rowling
I grew up in a quaint boarding school situated in the foothills of the Himalayas where we weren’t allowed to keep phones, laptops or anything remotely recreational. That’s where my love for reading started. Always fascinated with stories, I would finish off a book by staying up overnight or would hide it over my textbooks and crouch in the last bench during classes if the chapter was a little too captivating.
Delhites, the aisles of these bookshops will make you fall in love with reading all over again.
A book lover’s paradise, this is arguably one of the best bookstores in all of Delhi, and a personal favourite. You can get lost here for a couple of minutes or even a couple of hours exploring the wooden shelves of this place. There is also a coffee shop adjacent to the store so if you want to take a little break and enjoy the book you’ve just purchased, you can plonk yourself here.
Where: N 81, Barakhamba Road, Block N, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm
It’s situated in the People Tree clothing store itself, the bookstore is small and intimate. The selection isn’t too wide but if you look long enough you can find some absolute gems. They are books that you’ll probably not find anywhere else.
Where: Regal Building, 8, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 11:30 am- 7:30 pm
Contact: 011 2374 4877
Opened in 1938, the English Bookstore specialises in books on military, hunting, shooting and even aviation. The store’s entrance even has a giant Cessna model hanging from the roof and the bookshelves have been adorned with toy planes. So if you’re looking to join the armed forces or trying to become a pilot then this is the place to be.
Where: L17, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
Timings: 10 am – 7pm
Contact: 011 2341503
This is probably the oldest bookstore in CP, Amrit Book Company has been around since 1936. Here you’ll find more books on meditation, yoga, guide books, historical fiction and so much more. The place is packed with a gazillion books all organised in a chaotic mess, but that’s just the beauty in it.
Where: N-21, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
Timings: 11 am – 7 pm
Contact: 011 23317331
For Delhi University, North Campus students, bookstores become best friends. The Bhatia Bookstore is right in the center of Kamla Nagar so everyone goes there for books to help with their academic curriculum. From guide materials to suggested reading books, you’ll find them all here.
Where: 1-F Kamla Nagar near spark mall, Delhi 110007
Timings: 10 am- 9 pm
Another one in North Delhi, Book Land specialises in CBSE books for all subjects as well as university books. So students, this can be your new hub. Find non-fictional and syllabus books here that’ll make you want to study.
Where: 13-UB, Bungalow Rd, Block UB, Jawahar Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Delhi
Timings: 11 am- 8 pm
Contact Number: 011 4153 0938
May Day is a bookstore and doubles up as a cafe and has been launched by LeftWord Books. It is a left-wing publishing house which is based in Shadi Khampur in West Delhi. The place is not just a haunt for bookworms but also for artists, academicians and intellectuals. May Day is also built to be a part of Studio Safdar where many performances have happened and some of the coolest events have been hosted.
Where: 2254/2A Ground Floor Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, Shadipur New Delhi,
Timings: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Contact Number: 011 4153 0938
This is a good spot to pick up new as well as second-hand books in West Delhi and while there are many book shops in the area, this one seems to be getting all the crowd. Always brimming with people, you can even sell your old books which are in mint condition here.
Where: Shri Munshiram Babbar Marg, Old Market, Block 16, Tilak Nagar, New Delhi
Timings: 10 am- 10 pm
Contact Number: 098101 56674
Raaj Book Point is a highly recommended bookstore in East Delhi and it’s a place where you can get all kinds of books, but apart from curriculum and school books, they also keep fiction novels, non-fiction books and autobiographies. They even have a stationary section so it’s a one-stop shop for a back to school shopping spree.
Where: Metro Pillar Number 123, 10, Dayanand Vihar, Upper Ground Floor, Opp, Vikas Marg Ext, Delhi
Timings: 10 am- 8 pm
Contact Number: 093122 49887
The owner here is helpful and cooperative and will make personalised suggestions for books that you will like. They keep curriculum books for CBSE as well as NCERT books, so school children can go here to buy all their books. They even keep quirky diaries and stationary so if you’re obsessed with coloured pens and so much more, this is a good option.
Where: C-7,Sai Chowk, Madhu Vihar, IP Extension, Patparganj, Delhi
Timings: 9:30 am- 9: 30 pm
Contact Number: 011 2223 3130
Located in a very convenient location, this bookstore is in the heart of Aurobindo market. Well stocked and well maintained, the owner knows just which book is a must-read. So suggestions from him are always a great thing. Their comic book and graphic novel collection, while small isn’t bad either. They will even order a book they don’t have in their collection if you request them to.
Where: Shop No.20, Aurobindo Palace Market, Beside Summer House Cafe, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi
Timings: 10:30 am- 8:30 pm
Contact Number: 011 2686 7121
This has got to be one of the most iconic bookstores in Delhi. This Khan Market gem has been around since 1953. The collection of coffee table books is great so if you’re looking for collector’s items, you’ll find them here. They also seem to have every Man Booker Prize nominee available and the upstairs area of the place has been renovated so it’s much more spacious and has even become easier to browse through.
Where: Flat 6, Khan Market, New Delhi
Timings: 10 am- 7:30 pm
Contact Number: 011 2469 4611
If you’re on the lookout for more popular books on pop culture and fiction, this one may not be the ideal store for you. But if you’ve got a keen eye for art and design, this is the perfect space. There are spacious interiors and a collection of books ranging from art, design, photography, fashion, lifestyle, travel, cooking, gardening and so much more. So if it’s a book with visual appeal that has caught your fancy, this is ideal. Even their stationery items can’t be missed.
Where: M-75, 1st Floor, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi
Timings: 10 am- 8 pm
Contact Number: 011 2921 1881
This first opened shop in 1970, The Bookshop still is one of every Delhites’ favourite bookstores. You will often find renowned authors like William Dalrymple, Khushwant Singh and Arundhati Roy, so if you’re big fans of these guys, this is the place to be. If you’re looking for fiction, biographies, current affairs, crime mystery and even graphic novels and cookbooks then this is the ideal one for you. They even have a separate section for children's books, so your toddlers can get gifts too.
Where: 13/7, Jor Bagh Market, Jor Bagh, New Delhi
Timings: 10:30 am- 7:30 pm
Contact Number: 011 2469 7102
With outlets all over Delhi-NCR, Om Bookshop is one of the best-stocked places in the city. Their collection of fiction books is very vast and they also keep non-fiction, biographies, historical fiction and Indian authors. The staff is also very helpful and will give you suggestions in a jiffy. Though some books are a little on the pricier side, it’s understandably so because of the convenience they provide.
Where: 43, Ground Floor, The Great India Palace Mall, Sector 38A, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Timings: 10:30 am- 9:30 pm
Contact Number: 099994 50066
This is a great bookstore in Noida to find school books for children, CBSE and NCERT books are available here too. The prices are reasonable and cheaper than most other places too so it’s a good bargain. It does get a bit too crowded and that leads to the whole experience taking time but if you go in the afternoon on a weekday you’ll be able to make book shopping go smoothly.
Where: Near Sabzi Mandi, Dharam Market, Atta, Sector 27, Dharam Market, Way to Shubhmanglam, Pocket E, Sector 27, Noida
Timings: 10 am- 10 pm
Contact Number: 098910 08009
Chapter 101 is one of the quirkiest book stores in Gurgaon. It has a lot of character, rare books and loads of coffee. Sounds as close to heaven as it can, right? They have some beautiful first edition copies of classics, contemporary releases and fiction so there’s something for everyone to find here. Curl up with a cup of coffee and settle down and let yourself get engulfed in the world of words and literary fantasies.
Where: 101D, 1st Floor, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 53, Gurugram, Haryana 122009
Timings: 11 am- 7 pm
Contact Number: 0124 257 5684
Crossword is the bookstore to go to if you’re looking for more contemporary books and new releases, they will definitely have these. Other than books, they also keep stationary and craft items to keep your kids occupied. You will also find some diaries and laptop bags which you can pick up from here itself.
Where: Agarwal Business House, Building No. 10/B, Shop No. 1/A, Ground Floor, DLF Phase 2, Gurugram
Timings: 10 am- 9:30 pm
Contact: 0124 436 3400
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