The joy of reading from the crisp pages of a paperback or a hardbound is unmatched. Soaking in the stories coming to life with each passing page, while sipping on a cup of your preferred hot beverage, is a sweet journey from the start to the finish. During travel, books can easily be among your best travel companions on the train ride, on a flight or even a bus ride. But when your pages run out, what do you do?
For bibliophiles, a visit to the bookstore brings unbridled joy. The smell of fresh books combined with the sight of creations by your favourite authors – you feel like a child in a candy store! Whether seated at one of the restaurants in Bangalore, or picnicking under the sun at Cubbon Park, a book will provide the escape from the bustle of the city. So, when travelling to new cities, why not explore the charming bookstores if you love reading? Head to the following hotspots to find the next additions to your bookshelf:
1. Blossom Book House, Church Street
The sprawling bookstore is well-known among the residents for stocking up on thousands of books, new and second hand, across its 3 floors. It is easy to get lost in the titles on the ground floor; there are just so many! Then there’s the 1st floor or the floor of the fiction, which houses books coming under crime, thriller, romance, poetry and plays. The top floor has a lovely collection of history books, gardening and farming, management, and the ever-popular cookbooks; be sure to pick a few of the latter if you love the local dishes and wish to recreate them at home.
2. The Bookworm, MG Road
The little bookstore has made a big name and found a place in the hearts of the university crowd with its expansive selection of second hand books, and its unique book credit system – you can exchange a book after a time period and pay a certain percentage of the cost as reading fees. The Bookworm is also popular among the crowd for its collection of rare titles and copies; think hardbound, first/second edition. If you have been looking for a certain book but have been unable to do so, chances are that you’ll find them here!
3. Select Bookshop, Brigade Road
A bookshop known to be frequented by the legendary Ruskin Bond speaks volumes about its quality and variety. Select Bookshop has often been hailed as Bangalore’s finest antiquarian bookshop. Head to the first floor and you will see their collection of rare books, usually kept under lock and key. To be able find the desired books, it is always recommended to ask for assistance; you are that likely to get lost in the sea of books around you!
A stay at The Lalit Ashok Bangalore is not just a hotel booking, but an experience of the entire city. We look forward to welcoming you for a holiday time you will remember for life.