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The 5 Best Independent Bath Bookshops, UK

Bath is a favourite place to visit amongst literary types, one of the oldest and most architecturally beautiful little cities in all of the UK. The city has a Jane Austen museum (with a gift shop), the historic Roman baths which gave the town its name, the magnificent Royal Crescent and, of course, several of …

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Five Best Book Cafes around East Asia

Explore East Asia’s Amazing Book Cafes For so many of us, there’s nothing more soothing and warming than relaxing in a cosy cafe, nursing a coffee, and losing hours to a thrilling novel. There’s something about a cafe atmosphere that enhances the experience of reading, making a memory of the experience. And that goes double …

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5 Best Independent Bookshops in Berlin

Berlin is, for so many people, the literary capital of mainland Europe. So many of Earth’s greatest writers, poets, and philosophers have come out of Germany or etched their name into the history books through the German language: Karl Marx, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Herman Hesse, Hans Fallada, the Brothers Grimm, Bertolt Brecht; I really …

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Bookstores Around the World: The Second Shelf (London, UK)

Visit The Second Shelf, A Hidden Bookstore in London A.N. Devers is a fierce woman. She’s a writer with an upcoming debut novel (Train), a prolific journalist who’s been featured in The New Yorker and The Guardian, and she’s also the proprietor of The Second Shelf, a bookstore in the heart of Soho. And she’s …

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Bookstores Around the World: Mr. B’s Emporium (Bath, UK)

Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights A bookstore with a name this glorious couldn’t live anywhere but Bath. One of the oldest and most architecturally beautiful little cities in all of the UK, Bath is a favourite place to visit amongst literary types. The city has a Jane Austen museum (with a gift shop), the …

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A Literary Guide to Stroud, UK

Stroud is a small Gloucestershire market town at the edge of the beautiful and historic Cotswolds. In this quaint and idyllic town, you’ll find farmer’s markets, old manor houses, and endless countryside walks across rolling hills. The town boasts Victorian homes, some charming cafes, and two delightful independent bookstores: one of new books, one of …

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Bookstores Around the World: Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore

Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore Part of our Bookstores Around the World series. Fuzhou Lu is one of the main arteries that lead into the beating heart of Shanghai: People’s Square. The road is lined with interesting stores, cafes, barber shops, and more. Its crown jewel: the Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore, located a ten-minute walk down …

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Bookstores Around the World: Itaewon Foreign Bookstore (Seoul, Korea)

Itaewon Foreign Bookstore (이태원 외국서점) When we travel or move abroad, there are often specific home comforts we seek out. For me, it’s English books. And so, what a delight it was to find the excellent Itaewon Foreign Bookstore in the heart of Korea’s capital.   A post shared by Jaylen (@jaylenjoy) on May 19, …

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Bookstores Around the World: @Wonder (Tokyo, Japan)

Tokyo’s Jimbocho district is renowned for its 300+ bookstores, each offering something unique and exciting. What sets @Wonder apart, however, is its alleyway entrance, bookended (pardon the pun) by near-endless shelves of second hand Japanese texts to peruse and admire, and the store’s attractive upstairs café. @Wonder is one of the newer bookstores in the …

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