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Whilst the Kindle has revolutionised the way people read, there is nothing quite like wandering through a bookstore, staring at all the colourful covers and flicking through the pages of a few books before settling on your choice. If this sounds like you, then Mumbai has a range of bookstores that should satiate your hobby.
Kitab Khana, Fort
Located on the busy MG road, Kitab Khana is just around the corner from the iconic Flora Fountain. Here you can relax on bean bags whilst looking through the wide selection of books in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu. You can also grab a coffee or bite to eat in the attached cafe.
Art and Design Bookstore
If you are specifically interested in art and design, then you are sure to find what you are looking for at the Art and design Bookstore. Located in the Fort district you can find a broad selection of books that specialise in architecture, planning, painting and even advertising. If you are looking for a Moleskine notebook you can also pick one up here.
CMYK Bookstore, Lower Parel
Mid-town you can find this unique concept CMYK Bookstore. A first of its kind concept bookstore to be launched in India, CMYK specialises in art design and illustrated books. It is here that you will be able to locate unusual and hard-to-find books on designs or illustrated novels. This store can be found in the trendy Raghuvanshi Mills in Lower Parel.
In the Western suburb of Bandra, Tidal Waves has a wide range of books from English classics to Indian philosophy. There is also a large DVD and music section, with a lounge where you can have a listen to your selection.
Crossword and Landmark
There are also several branches of these two bookstores in Mumbai. Landmark and Crosswords both cover an extensive range of topics, and each also has their own section for movies and music. Here you will find popular books, reference material and all the latest movies.