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Top 5 Bookshops

A study by the World Cities Culture Report recently found that Johannesburg has more than 900 rare and second-hand bookstores, the highest in the world. Clearly Joburg is a city that takes it reading very seriously. We’ve rounded up our Top 5 Johannesburg Independent Bookshops, each of them offering a diverse and curated selection of new and second-hand books all set within the vibrant, up-and-coming creative nodes around the city. Since a good book is best accompanied with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, it's only fitting that most of these spots have some of the city’s best coffee shops as neighbours. WHAT: The Collectors Treasury WHERE: C.T.P House 244, Commissioner Street, Johannesburg Founded in 1974, this eight-storey building situated on Commissioner Street is home to the largest collection of used and rare books in the Southern Hemisphere. The one-million plus items not only include books but also maps, old engravings and prints. A real treasure trove for those willing to come and spend some time digging in the old historic diamond and jewellery district. WHAT: David Krut Bookstores WHERE: Parkwood, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg / Arts On Main, 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precint, Johannesburg Opening up into the olive courtyard of Arts on Main, the David Krut Print Workshop is an inspiring and highly creative space. Both a gallery and a working studio, it also keeps a specialised selection of art-related books. Their recently developed bookstore situated on Jan Smuts Avenue seeks to include a full spectrum of book genres from South African culture and politics to design, literature, architecture and children’s books. WHAT: Love Books WHERE: The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg With a passion and love for books, creative duo Jaci (founder of Tinsel) and Kate (former book show producer for 702) created one of Jozi's favourite literary haunts. It has grown from a small independent bookshop to a popular and preferred launch venue with a carefully selected range of titles to satisfy the most insatiable appetite. WHAT: RAD Gallery & Bookshop WHERE: Alban's Square, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg RAD Gallery and Bookshop is the brain child and sister shop of Warm & Glad café in Craighall Park. Focusing on art, design and architecture, this trend-setting shop also stocks vinyls, prints and cool designer apparel. A highlight is their selection of international art and design magazines, ranging from DWELL and Kinfolk to Monocle. Browse to your heart’s content while dining from their locally inspired menu in Joburg’s favourite and chilled coffice and meeting space. WHAT: Lelephant Terrible WHERE: 44 Stanley, corner of Owl Street and Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg This small gem packs a huge punch with its double volume space and mezzanine staircase. Filled from floor to ceiling with fiction and non-fiction classics, out of print editions and the odd record, it remains sculpturally true to 44 Stanley’s industrial roots. Both tribal and at the same time Dickensian, it has become a veteran classic among its design and foodie neighbours. It oozes with charm, maintaining not only its unique character over the years, but also its reputation for great finds. Text Lizette Watts