If you are looking for bookstores that stocks everything from ancient classics to recent best-sellers, Kolkata is the place for you to be in. Apart from College Street were you will get the largest collection of such books, there are many other book stores that allow you to choose from a vast variety.
What’s best is that most of them have an adjoining café where you can relax, sip some coffee and flip through the pages of your favourite books. To be around books, is an amazing feeling which only book lovers know, and so here we have a list of the best 8 bookstores in Kolkata, which you must visit:
8. College Street ‘boi-para’ (book-alley)
This is simply a paradise for book-lovers. It’s not exactly a book store, but an entire street lined with smaller book store. There’s not a book in the world you wouldn’t get here. It gives the visitors a feeling of sitting in an open air museum, studded with books everywhere. College street is a quite a big place if you count by square meters yet there is no space, which does not have a bookstore. And, most of these are very old, some dating back to the British era. Small to big – all kinds of stores are present, each filled with all kinds of books for everyone.
7. Oxford Book Store
Oxford Book Store is one of the oldest bookstores in Kolkata. They have a dream collection of books categorized under a wide spectrum – fiction, non-fiction, classics, best-sellers and many more. Children too have a section of their own. It is placed right in the middle of Park Street, which is a favorite hangout most Kolkatans. They not only sell books published by Oxford, but all varieties. There’s not a book which you will not find here. The best time to buy books is during annual sale time, when you can easily get up to 80% discount.
6. Seagull Bookstore
Seagull Bookstore is a publishing house-cum-book store. The store has a vintage feel to it and the silent ambience makes for peaceful browsing of books – stuff of dreams! Well, they have a huge collection of books published by them and various other publications. But the most important factor is that 99% of the books are non-fiction. And one of the highest critically acclaimed ones too. They also have annual sales, which might give a miss for a year or two where you can get the best of bargains. If you are lucky enough, you might even grab a book costing 2000 bucks for just Rs. 150. For this you need to remain updated about sales that are organized round the year.
5. Crossword Kolkata
Crossword Kolkata has a luxury feel to it all the way. The store is not just famous for books, but also for book launches. They have a café adjacent to the bookstore which offers hot sips for you while you are immersed in your favourite book. They have a range of books from which you can browse at your heart’s choice. They too have annual sales here which are worth the prices.
Starmark is rather new in Kolkata, but has caught on pretty well with the book loving crowd of Kolkata. They too have a wonderful variety of books. You can also get a copy of any best-seller anytime, stocks simple don’t end her. It’s perfect for people who really want to find the best books and the ones who want to experiment with their variety of reading.
3. Ananda Publishers
They are also book sellers as well as publishers. They have a variety of Bengali books, which are regarded as the best in Kolkata. Many famous writers of Kolkata have begun their career from this publication. The store has a rather small space compared to other book stores in Kolkata, but the quality and quantity of books here is no less. If you know the Bengali language, grab a book.
2. Dey’s Publishing
They are publishers and sellers too. Like Ananda Publishers they are also one of the most respected book sellers in Kolkata. They have a great collection of books and not only new ones; you’ll get many old ones too. Once in Kolkata you must visit this store if you want to browse through one of the best Bengali books.
1. Chakraborty and Chatterjee
This is also one of the oldest bookstores in Kolkata. Britishers had changed its name to Chuckervertty and Chatterjee to suit there tongues. This store in College Street is one of the biggest attractions in Kolkata where you can find a variety of books. You can even get books in different languages and genres. This also is a booklover’s paradise.