A good bookstore is a destination for the imagination! From storytelling magic to the best deals on used books for kids to online bookstores, Little Steps has put together the top list for exploring kid-friendly bookstores and online bookstores in Hong Kong. Pick up your kiddo’s next bedtime story at one of these top picks from Central to Kowloon, and enjoy! Enjoy these top bookstores in Hong Kong, especially for children. In this guide, you will find independent bookstores in Hong Kong, second-hand bookstores in Hong Kong, and best English bookstores (and other languages too).
For those looking for online bookstores in Hong Kong:
*Bookazine – a local favorite bookstore with fabulous website + delivery!
*Book Depository – an international bookstore that delivers to Hong Kong
*Amazon – loads of books and fast delivery
This bookstore chain needs little introduction. For families in Hong Kong, Bookazine has become a staple for kid's books, cookbooks, and top sellers. With locations all over Hong Kong, they are easily accessible too. We love that they put a strong focus on local book publishers and launches. They host regular book signings and fun events for the kids. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook Page for details.
You can find this adorable bookstore hiding in Mui Wo, Lantau. It offers second-hand books as well as new books in English, Chinese, French and other languages. It also welcomes local creators to sell their own books and musical compositions. Making this spot a local favorite!
Vibe, Silver Centre, Shop E, Silvermine Bay, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, https://www.vibehk.com/
Taschen is a world-renowned global art book publisher and is located in Tai Kwun, Central. Their aim is to offer more quality publications by international artists and designers to Hong Kong readers, they have children’s books, history books, photo books, and more!
Taschen, Shop 01-G02, G/F, Headquarters Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2544 8018, https://www.taschen.com/
Bleak House Books is the latest independent bookstore in the 852, offering mainly English secondhand books. This shop was founded by an ex-lawyer and a historian and offers a fantastic collection of books, including vintage Penguin classics, vintage paperbacks, hardback fiction, and more!
Bleak House Books, Unit 2705, Well Tech Centre, 9 Pat Tat Street, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, +852 3705 0251, https://www.bleakhousebooks.com.hk/
There’s something truly wonderful about Swindon Books, and it’s hard to put a finger on the reason. And although the bookstore that was located in Tsim Sha Tsui since 1918, which made it Hong Kong's oldest bookstore, has been closed since 2020. They have been online ever since, and they have both English and Chinese books for all ages. Swindon Books also runs the Hong Kong Book Centre in Central, and at Kelly & Walsh in Pacific Place shopping center in Admiralty if you prefer to shop in person.
Swindon Books, http://www.swindonbooks.com/index.asp
Kelly & Walsh, Shop 204, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, Facebook Page
Hong Kong book Centre, 25 Des Voeux Road, On Lok Yuen Building Lower Level, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 7064, Facebook Page
If your Lord of the Rings trilogy is collecting dust and you’re looking for more updated reads, trade them into BooksMart in Kwai Fong, a shop tucked away in New Territories, which carries new and old books in English. There are books on virtually anything, including audiobooks, parenting, young adult novels, and more. This store is all about their customers and offers an online shop too, with a promise to personally deliver the books to you anywhere in Hong Kong. Currently, the shop is only open on Mondays and Thursdays from 11am-4pm
BooksMart, Unit F2, 12/F, Block B, Marvel Industrial Building, 17-23 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Fong, New Territories, Hong Kong, https://booksmarthk.com/
When you teach your kids the “3Rs”, make sure you set an example on reduce, reuse, recycle by bringing their unloved books, DVDs, CDs, and games to Flow Bookshop. The store is a treasure trove of finds from old cookbooks to kid's books too. They also are in partnership with Lily Bookshop, a quaint independent bookstore that has a wonderful collection of secondhand books and is located in the heart of Sheung Wan.
Flow Bookshop, 1B Fung Wah Ind. Building, 646 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, Facebook Page
Flow Books at Lily Bookshop, Room F & G, 1/F, Kai Fung Mansion, 189-205 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2964 9483
Take the whole gang over to Ap Lei Chau and spend a few hours sorting through the vast collection at Pollux Books. Unlike other big box stores, here, they focus on your kids first with wall-to-wall shelves stocked full of picture books, educational booklets, and audiobooks. There’s plenty of fun reads that your little ones will love and cherish for years to come, the difficulty lies in choosing! Free shipping for orders over HK$300.
Pollux Books - Central, 9/F, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Toys Club has an affiliation with Pollux Books. Here they stock books for kids of all ages. Their starter books are great for babies to get them used to colors. For older kids there stock family favorites such as Gallop and Danny The Champion Of The World. They also have a surplus of workbooks for kids here.
Toys Club - Ap Lei Chau, 1913, 21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, https://toysclub.mybigcommerce.com/
Toys Club - Central, 9/F, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
A big box bookstore from Taiwan, Eslite isn’t just a retail space but a megastore with a cafe and restaurant. There are books on virtually every subject, and there’s a good selection of English books for kids, too. If your wee ones need to stock up on school supplies, make a beeline for their stationery department for cutesy pens and notepads and anything else they may need.
Eslite, various locations across Hong Kong, https://www.eslite.com/
Formerly trading as Dymocks Sai Kung, Kidnapped is a go-to hub for books and gifts for residents in Sai Kung. Located on two floors, this carefully curated selection of reads targets the whole family. Kids will love the upstairs section, complete with popular books for all age levels. You will also find locally supported brands here and plenty of birthday gift ideas.
JP Books has multiple outlets across Hong Kong. It stocks a huge selection of books from dictionary & reference, biography’s & memoires, to geography & travel. They had a good array of kids books too from fun fiction to books for school.
JP Books (Joint Publishing), various locations across Hong Kong, http://www.jointpublishing.com/bookstore/store-map.aspx
Book Castle, Facebook Page
Kubrick, Facebook Page
Books & Co., Facebook Page
Bei Bei Bookhouse, Facebook Page
Hong Kong Reader Bookstore, http://www.hkreaders.com/
Art and Cultural Outreach, Facebook Page
Clark’s Comics, Facebook Page
Lok Man Rare Books, http://www.lokmanbooks.com/
Muse Art & Books, https://www.hotelstage.com/the-muse/
The Bookshop, https://www.moa.thebookshophk.com/
Hong Kong Readers, http://www.hkreaders.com/
Parenthèses, http://www.parentheses-hk.com/ (French Books)
Popular Book Store, http://www.popularworld.com