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Top five book stores in Dhaka

No matter how convenient tablets and e-readers are, for most bookworms the feel of a real book, the aroma of the new pages, and the touch and feel of a “real” book I unbeatable. To help those of you specifically - the reader - along the way, here are the best book stores in the city the touchscreen cannot replace.


This 30-year-old gem of a store is a must-visit for every book lover. With an outstanding collection of classics and latest titles (both in English and Bengali), Pathak Shamabesh maintains the best possible offerings.

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Aside from the stores in Gulshan and Aziz Super Market in Shahbag, the Pathak Shamabesh Centre in the annex building of the National Museum is a welcome sight for readers. The Centre is often visited by acclaimed writers and poets, which is an added plus!


One of the oldest on this list, this quaint little bookstore in New Market is one of the landmarks for book lovers. Established way back in the 60s, Zeenat Book Supplies has not fallen behind times in offering the latest titles. It also takes orders from loyal customers in case a title is not in stock. For classic titles to sought after best sellers, Zeenat delivers with quality.


Considering book prices, Gyankosh can be seen as the middle ground where book lovers can keep up reading without breaking their budget. Placed in Sobhanbagh Masjid Market as well as beside the Dhanmondi Alliance Française, this store offers titles both in Bengali and English as well as magazines, text books, children's activity books and toys.

For casual (and serious) visitors one tip is to always go through their 'On Discount' selections - you never know what treasure can hide in there!


A sought after store by the young people, Bookworm is typically identified as the store 'Next to the Mig-21 before reaching Jahangir Gate.' Armed with much adored 'Young Adult' titles, best in self-help and inspirational books, and with a varied classic English selection - Bookworm is here to take care of all reading needs.

For new visitors, do not let the outside store size fool you! The ever helpful and friendly staff are a notable mention for this store.


Second-hand, used books haven – no one can leave out Nilkhet from their list of places to visit for books. Nilkhet comprises a multitude of stores, which have catered to the students from kindergarten to post graduates to people prepping for GMAT or TOEFL.

Even foreign language titles in their original version are available with a bit of searching. It's not just the stores and the maze like structure of the place the book sellers on the foot path also have their own set of wares for the bargain hunters. Fair bit of warning though - this is not the best place for first time buyers.

Standing in the moment that we are in, it's easier to connect with the sellers and suppliers like never before. So picking out your next favourite book store may only be a matter of clicking the right link!

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