If you’re a book lover visiting South Africa, you shouldn’t miss Johannesburg for the world. Independent bookstores with precious second-hand books are scattered all around this city, and here are some of the very best.
Visiting Johannesburg without checking out Collectors Treasury is like never going at all. With millions of items on its shelves, this is the largest shop of used and rare books on the entire African continent, and we wouldn’t judge you if you spent hours exploring its floor-to-ceiling shelves.
One of the most popular independent bookstores in downtown Johannesburg, Bridge Books puts an effort into showcasing African writers, but international titles are also on sale.
Located in the Melville neighborhood, this bookstore is known for its cozy décor and quaint atmosphere. It has an amazing children’s selection and hosts frequent events for kids.
If you’re a huge fan of second-hand bookstores, this quaint shop is just the place you need. Located inside the 44 Stanley complex, L’Elephant Terrible perfectly captures the vibe of this retro shopping complex and it will win you over with its cozy vibe and crowded bookshelves.