Bookstores in the LitDistrict

Bridge Books

Located in the historic Rand Club building on Commissioner Street, Bridge Books is famous for its wide range of African literature and all the work that they do for African writers, publishers, and local booksellers. The store hosts a range of inclusive literary events, too. Bridge sells children’s books in all 11 South African languages – one of the many things that makes this store so unique.

James Findlay – Collectable Books & Antique Maps

James Findlay has been a dealer of rare books, antique maps, posters, engravings, and artworks since 1997. He specialises in unique pieces such as antique manuscripts, rare Africana, first editions, and pamphlets and posters that were once outlawed for political reasons. Find James’s charming store in the Rand Club building. Photos don’t do it justice, but have a sneak peak here. Be sure to call ahead: +27 79 779 4574.

Collectors Treasury

Considered the largest rare book shop on the continent, Collectors Treasury has a massive collection of over 2 million books. Beyond their eclectic book collection, you will also find large vinyl collections, newspapers, and prints. This is a must-see.

Joubert Street market

On Joubert Street, you’ll find a market that will address your every desire – books included. Here you will find second-hand books from many genres. If you find yourself on Joubert Street, be sure to ask around for Henry, Blessing, or Present.