Whether you are looking for your next read or searching for a spot where you can de-compress after going through Bangkok’s hectic pace, here is a list of the best bookstores in Bangkok.
What makes them special is not just the quiet reading havens that they provide, but the fact that they are created by people with a vision of sharing their love of literature. From authors to publishers, check out the masterpieces that they have created with the incredible bookstores that have come to life all over Bangkok.
DASA BOOK CAFE
714/4 Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 26-28) Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok
A 5-minute walk from Emporium shopping centre and BTS Phrom Phong Skytrain station, taking a pit stop at this bookstore on your way home is well worth your time. With around 20,000 books in stock, you are bound to find a treasure trove of rare reads and favourites, including that book that is no longer published and you’ve been desperate to find for a while now. Make a list and let the DASA-base or perhaps one of their helpful staff give you a hand. For the oldies who have not let go of their CD collections yet, you might want to dive into Dasa’s 2nd hand CD collection.
21/118 9, Khwaeng Bang Kapi, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
With an unexpected location such as the RCA, one of the biggest night hangouts in Bangkok, Zombie Bookstore is not a unique bookstore that comes with a 70s style bar complete with live music. It also has a co-working space, a gallery, and cafe. The owner of this establishment is also one of a kind, being an author and musician, who is passionate about encouraging reading among the young generation. A nightlife for bookworms, hop on the MRT and get off at the Phetchaburi Station to get to this rare find.
CANDIDE BOOKS & CAFE
207 Tanow Road Bawornniwet Subdistrict Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand
You will find this book paradise by walking through a maze of stalls selling random things from handbags to Thai food to get to one of Bangkok’s most popular hangout spots by the Chao Phraya River. In The Jam Factory complex, you will find Candide Books & Cafe, a bookshop in Bangkok, which is filled with a plethora of good reads and graced with live jazz and cello performances during the weekends. If you fancy leaving the hustle and bustle of the city by burrowing yourself in a leather couch with a cup of coffee or tea, then hop on the ferry in front of the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.
4TH Floor of the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, 939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan.
As a means of encouraging the youth to appreciate the classics, this whale of a bookstore features autobiographies from four well-known authors of different genres, George Orwell, Franz Kafka, Agatha Christie, and Vladimir Nabokov. As you walk around the bookstore to go through its well-stocked shelves, you will find quotes about books hanging around it. Check out its website to know more about the book festivals that they organize in case you are in Bangkok for a weekend of talks, exhibitions, movie screenings, and new books.
523 Prasumeru Rd, Phra Nakorn
For the world’s nomads and globetrotters, Passport Bookshop is a must-visit. If you are getting tired of your backpacker days in Khao San Road and looking for a new place to go, maybe your next destination will be revealed in this bookstore. Have a chat with the shopkeeper or owner and go through the handwritten book recommendations from fellow readers and travellers in this tight-knit community and find your next adventure.
JOIN THE BOOK FAIRIES
Another interesting way to find your next read is by joining The Book Fairies and going on a literary treasure hunt to find the books that the fairies have left behind in BTS stations, cafes, and parks. Maybe you can join the movement by leaving a book for others to find!
FOUND A GOOD SPOT FOR BOOKS?
As these bookshops are now becoming a trend in Bangkok and all over Thailand, let us know if you find a new one.