Bookshops and booksellers of second hand books in Cape Town.

(not yet a fully comprehensive list, but we re working on it - even so, this is currently one of the largest listings
of second-hand bookshops in Cape Town, so we hope that you find it useful.
You are welcome to suggest additions or report any changes).

Don't forget to stock up on some good reads before your next holiday or business trip. Some second hand bookshops sell books in very good condition, others may have an out of print book from your favourite author.  If you do forget or just run out of time before leaving home and if you are going to Cape Town, there may be a second hand bookshop near to where you plan to stay.

In addition, some of the book stores are charity bookshops where your purchases will be making a contribution towards a particular charity.

To help you find secondhand books in Cape Town and suburbs, here is a selection of some booksellers

The Book Shoppe in Tokai  - books usually in really great condition; lovely atmosphere; quality books bought.
Tel: 021 713 1528

Books Galore - in Blouberg / Sunningdale     Tel: 021 554 4359
                            Durbanville (Cobblewalk)  Tel: 021 979 3401
                            Plattekloof                         Tel: 021 558 4500
                            Tableview                          Tel: 021 556 9554
books are usually in really great condition; well-appointed stores; quality books bought (paperbacks, Africana, art, esoteric and military books).

CWD (Help the Rural Child Charity) bookshops in Mowbray Tel: 021 689 8392
                                                                         and in Tokai Tel: 021 701 1328
These charity bookstores are sources of contribution for the "Help the Rural Child Trust". Books are usually in good to excellent condition. The Mowbray bookshop is located on the 1st and 2nd floor of a lovely old Mowbray building (the fairly large selection is spread out over 6 rooms). A new branch has recently opened in Tokai. Book donations welcome.

CAFDA Bookshops  in Claremont (moved to Cavendish Close - opposite Cavendish Square; April 2010) 
Tel: 021 674 2230
                         and in Sea Point (18 Regent Road)                           Tel: 021 434 6149
These are charity bookshops. Books are usually in fair to good and sometimes excellent condition. The stores have an extremely wide range of books and it is sometimes possible to obtain fairly rare books at these bookstores.

More second hand bookshops in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, include:

In Southfield Road, in Plumstead - two second hand bookshops next to each other:
Books for All                      Tel: 021 797 9814   and
Tommy's Book Exchange
  Tel: 021 761 3258

In the Harry Goemans Centre on the Main Road in Bergvliet:
Tears (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) Charity Bookshop. There is now a new dedicated bookshop for this society in the centre. For information about the charity, visit their website:

Fortunate Finds Bookshop
282 Main Road Kenilworth
Tel:  021 761 7540
"We buy and sell good used books in most categories".
Specialist sections include Military, Africana Crafts and Hobbies & Literature.

There are also a couple of bookshops in Long Street in Cape Town CBD, including:
      Clarke's Bookshop    at 211 Long Street   Tel: 021 423 5739
      Tommy's Book Shop at 130 Long Street   Tel: 021 424 7675
and Select Books             at 232 Long Street   Tel: 021 424 6955


more second hand bookshops to be added in the near future.

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