To the average bibliophile, the hunt for the next big read is continuous. These beautiful book shops promise to make your hunt painless.

Exclusive Books, Dainfern, South Africa

Exclusive Books has a rich history – a colourful past of peaceful protest, celebrity appearances, fascinating stories and a family of staff, all boasting eclectic and wide-ranging knowledge. They are more than a store.

Photo © Graham Isaacs

American Book Store, Krakow, Poland 

Your best bet outside cyberspace for getting the latest Harry Potter book, Baldacci thriller or Stephen King creeper in its original language, this small store in the Krakow Galeria is a must see.

BooksActually, Singapore 

The small book and magazine shop is easily spotted because of its hand-drawn façade. Inside you’ll find shelves overflowing with books, boxes at the back filled with old photographs and CDs, and at the front, an eclectic collection of magazines.

Photo © BooksActually

Evripidis Bookshop, Halandri Athens

Founded in 1955, today the small corner bookshop has developed into one of the largest bookstores in the northern suburbs and one of the biggest in Greece.

Livraria Da Vila, Brazil

For the ultimate customer experience, one enters the São Paulo store between pivoting bookcases encased in glass – part door, part window, part bookcase – and whichever direction one looks at there are books and an unpretentious feel, reminding one of used-book stores and making customers at ease to browse the shelves for the titles they want, to leaf through or even read them in the couches and easy chairs scattered throughout.

Photo © Livraria Da Villa

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

Our very own Naomi Wood, reads from Mrs Hemingway at the most famous book shop in Paris. Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, today, it serves both as a regular book store, a second-hand books store and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature.

Photo © Shakespeare and Company

Page One Bookshop, Beijing, China

Located in Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing, this first concept flagship store of Page One provides customers a pleasant environment filled with broad range of titles, magazines and lifestyle products. Certainly a wonderland for book lovers and shoppers who advocate simple fashion and cognitive style.

Fully Booked, Philippines

Fully Booked redefines what a bookstore is all about. With over 20 stores across the Philippines, Fully Booked is a haven for book enthusiasts, offering hard to find and exclusive books of every interest, particularly YA fiction and graphic novels.

Skoobs Theatre of Books, Johannesburg, South Africa

Skoobs Theatre of Books is a place where your imagination can run wild: a world of literary and entertainment delights. The first of its kind in South Africa, this innovative state-of-the-art concept store covers 1 200 square metres of space on two levels in the heart of Montecasino and offers a huge range of books in every genre.

Photo © Marianne Van Loggerenberg