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Best Bookstores & Book Shops in Kolkata

The minute you talk about books and English Literature, the first name which comes to your mind is William Shakespeare. As the whole world celebrates his 400th death anniversary today, all book lovers remember his greatness and the power of his words. This day 23rd April is also celebrated as World Book Day as declared by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. For all the book lovers of the city, here is a list of the Best Bookstores and Book Shops in Kolkata.

Oxford Bookstore

oxford book store kolkata

This is one of the most iconic bookstores of Kolkata. It was established in 1919! Along with housing books from all genres, Oxford even boasts of children’s bookstore Oxford Junior which ahs books exclusively for the little ones. It has even launched a quaint tea boutique called Cha Bar and even has a literary festival to its credit. This 90 year old bookstore has been revamped a couple of years back and now has a modern touch to it but the essence remains the same and you will find many a bookworm in its corners pouring over its unique collection. It even hosts  book launches all year round.

Where: 17, Park Street, Kolkata

Call: 033-22297662

Story

story book store kolkata

Started in Kolkata a couple of years back it was known as Crossword and housed a huge set of books and magazines from all possible genres. It had a bright young vibe to it and housed not only books but also stationery, gift items, a coffee shop and even a kids section with games and toys. Revamped as Story under Primarc, it still has the same charm to it and is a frequent haunt for booklovers and has been upgraded to host an amazing array of products.

Where: 8, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Kolkata

Call: 9830470000

Starmark

starmark book store kolkata

Erstwhile known as Landmark, this store launched in 1999 and has grown manifold by opening multiple stores in the city. They pride themselves in customer service and even if a book is unavailable you can just tell them its name and they will get it for you! They even have a help desk for their customers and apart from books, house stationery, office supplies, DVD’s , toys and much more. Their biggest store in India is in Kolkata occupying a space of 20,000 sq ft.

Where: 3rd Floor, Emami Market, Lord Sinha Road, Kolkata

Call: 033-40063315

Seagull Books

Seagull bookstores in Kolkata

With sculptures placed at the gate, photographs and minimalist paintings on its walls, this store in Bhawanipur is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing stores in the city. However, there are better reasons to visit this store than its décor. It sells English translations of European literature which are published by Seagull India. The book covers are lovely collages and montages of photographs, mostly done by in-house designer Sunandini Banerjee.

They have many books about the works of directors like Mrinal Sen and Ghatak, academic works by Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak {who frequents the store and the gallery space across the road}. They have translations of authors like Mo Yan {a Chinese Nobel Prize winner}, Tariq Ali, Picasso, Max Frisch and many others. They also sell some limited edition notebooks which is one of those must-have pieces of stationery anyone would be lucky to have.

Where: 31A, S.P. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata

Call: 03324765865

Chakraborty and Chatterjee

chakraborty & chatterjee

 This is one of the oldest bookstores in Kolkata located in College Street, the book hub of Kolkata. You can find a variety of books here from old to new across different languages and genres. It is any book lovers’ haven.

Where: Bankim Chatterjee St, Baithakkhana, Kolkata

Call: 03322416425

College Street Boi Para

College street bookstores market Kolkata

Any bookshop list in Kolkata is incomplete without the mention of College Street which is also known as ‘Boi Para’. Any and every book from fiction to non-fiction to study material is available here. Books in all languages from across the world are found here. From first editions to the latest, from second hand to brand new, College Street is a book lovers’ paradise where you can score great books at a discounted price too! It is said to be the the largest second hand book market in the world and the biggest book market in India!

Where: Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal

Call: 87774 51390

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Aditi Sarawagi

A marketing and journalism major with a Diploma in Creative Writing, Aditi is an avid reader with a zest for travelling. She is a freelance writer who believes that the pen is mightier than the sword and words have the power to change the world. Aditi has also written a children's book 'How Do Aeroplanes Fly?' with Pratham Books.

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