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It’s always a joy to meet other book lovers, and an even greater joy to stumble on incredible bookshops filled with literary treasures.
In our humble opinion, while big brand bookstores such as Borders, Kinokuniya and Barnes and Noble carry the latest books – vintage/used bookstores can sometimes provide a more thrilling treasure hunt instead.
Simply put, when you’re there, you won’t know quite what to expect until you find it – and it truly feels like a treasure hunt. For example, a vintage classic leather bound book of Julius Caesar & Othello by William Shakespeare. (We found and bought this at Dasa Book Cafe!)
Without further ado, read on to discover the 4 fantastical bookstores in Bangkok where you’ll find rare collectors’ books and more – if you’re looking to find some new reads!
1. Incredible book heaven with rare collectibles – Dasa Book Cafe
Accordingly, this is the biggest second-hand bookshop in Bangkok with over 18,000 books! Before stepping in, the shop front with its cart of used books on sale outside looks like a simple and unassuming book cafe.
Step in and take a look around, follow the signs and you’ll discover 3 floors of books organised according to genre.
From adult fiction and interesting coffee table books on the first floor, to children’s books and fantasy books on the second floor, and vintage classic books and foreign language books on the third – there’s a lot more on offer we haven’t listed!
Take your time to browse through the titles, pick up a book or more and make payment or settle down at a table on the first floor or one of the several reading spaces available.
Drinks and simple cakes are available to satiate the hungry reader!
PS: If you have unwanted books, feel free to trade them in for a discount or purchase credit!
PPS: Another great thing about Dasa Book Cafe is their website which is constantly updated to show all the titles they carry! If you’re the sort that likes to know what to expect, feel free to check it out before heading down.
2. Step into a gorgeous literary mansion with old and rare books – Neilson Hays Library