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This international chain of bookshops caters to the general reader, with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, predominantly in paperback, as well as magazines. It also specializes in art and design. They have branches at the airport, and also Causeway Bay, Kowloon Tong and Tsim Sha Tsui.

Shop 922 Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
2506 0381


Stocking more titles than its competitors (over 20,000 books and nearly 1,000 magazines), as well as a wider range of stationery and so on, Bookazine should be your first choice if you’re looking for something slightly off the beaten bestseller track. There are 10 branches all over the territory.

Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm
Shop 3022, Level 3, IFC mall, Central
2295 0056

Swindon Books

One of Hong Kong’s oldest bookstores selling books in English, Swindon’s stock varies widely and is more quirky than the bigger chains – though they do in fact also run Kelly & Walsh and Hong Kong Book Centre. They also have an online bookstore.

Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12:30-6:30pm
13-15 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
2366 8001


A hidden gem of a second-hand bookstore on the way up to Mid-Levels, Flow manages to pile an incredible number of books into a rather small space and is much loved for it. Books are organized enough to allow you to look for what you want, and in enough disorder to allow felicitous discoveries. They’ll let you trade in your books for credit against your purchases. Keep an eye out for the sign on the wall to your left as you head up the escalator.

40 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
2964 9483

The Chapter House

Fight your way through the Stanley Market masses to check out this second-hand bookshop’s unpredictable range.

10 Stanley Main Street
9268 9006

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