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12 Bookstore Cafes In India For The Bibliophile

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  • 12 Bookstore Cafes In India For The Bibliophile

    From Goa to Guwahati, here's where you should go if you love books - and coffee.

    Uttara Gangopadhyay

    These are a dozen bookstore cafes from across India where you can sit around with your favourite book over a cup of tea, or enjoy sharing ideas with book club members, or take part in some of the interesting events they hold from time to time.

    Rachna Bookstore/Cafe Fiction, Gangtok

    A brisk 10-minute walk from the main bazaar and you will arrive at this bookstore (on the upper floor) and café (on the ground floor). Owned by Raman Shreshta, this is your one-stop answer to books on northeastern India, including Sikkim. They also have a fair collection of books on southeast Asia, a great collection of women writers, graphic novels and a treasure trove of literary magazines. They frequently hold book readings, author interactions, poetry slams, music gigs and film screenings. And if you are feeling peckish or want to sit back with a cup of coffee and read one of your newly-bought books, the café is ready to serve you. You may choose from a range of momos and steaming bowls of noodles, to pasta and pies, sandwiches, freshly-baked cakes, brownies, waffles, and cheesecakes from the rotating menu.

    Literati Bookshop and Cafe, Calangute, Goa

    This bookstore and café, located in Goa’s famous beach town Calangute, will envelop you in a cheerful embrace as you soon as you step in. Bright, airy and cosy, it wants you to browse through the book racks stocked with fiction and non-fiction books by authors from home and abroad. Interestingly, they have a section devoted to old editions and antique books. The store also runs a book club and holds literary meetings, film shows etc. The outdoor café has a limited menu, mostly consisting of beverages, cakes and sandwiches. The day’s specials are written on a blackboard.

    Information: E/1-282, Gauravaddo, Calangute, Bardez; in the lane opposite Queen B, next to ABC Farms and Farmer's Inn; phone: 0832 2277740, 7447437768; timing: 10am to 6.30pm (closed on Sundays).

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