The Book Lounge
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Browse in This Eclectic, Independent Bookstore
The Bookshop is one of the few independent bookstores in Cape Town. I like it because the space is different—think chandelier, huge glass windows, and comfy couches overlooking the street, and a cosy, intimate space downstairs with more couches, armchairs, and yummy cupcakes and tea. The selection is unusual, with a lot of visual and graphic design and Mervyn, the owner, will order something if they don't have it. They also host book readings and other interesting events. I love the contrast between the light-filled, goldfish bowl interior upstairs, and the dark, intimate hideaway downstairs. It has a touch of old world charm, where one can sit in a big armchair with a cup of tea and a slice of cake and lose yourself in stories.
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