Top Choice Books in Lagos

Jazz Hole

An offspring of the great Glendora Books, Jazz Hole is primarily a book and record store. In this oasis of calm in the mile-a-minute city, sip tea in the lovely cafe and get cultural lessons from the proprietor – as…
Top Choice Books in Cairo

American University in Cairo Bookshop

The best English-language bookshop in Egypt, with a huge selection of material on the politics, sociology and history of Cairo, Egypt and the wider Middle East, as well as other more general non-fiction titles. Ther…
Top Choice Books in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Book Lounge

The hub of Cape Town’s literary scene, thanks to its great selection of titles, comfy chairs, simple cafe and busy program of events. There are up to three talks or book launches a week, generally with free drinks a…
Books in Blantyre

Central Africana Bookshop

This long-running bookshop on two levels has an excellent selection of Africana, ranging from dusty old tomes to coffee-table books, and from novels and guidebooks to a section dedicated to Livingstone.
Books in Tangier

Librairie des Colonnes

A famous landmark boasting wonderful architecture, this is Tangier’s best bookshop, with a decent English section. There are frequent book readings and events, including author appearances. It was once the haunt of …
Books in Gaborone

Exclusive Books

Easily Gaborone’s best bookshop, this large outpost of a respected South African chain has literature, nonfiction and travel books, with excellent sections focused on Africa.
Books in Swakopmund

Die Muschel Book & Art Shop

Swakopmund's best bookshop, with German- and English-language books. It's great for guides and maps, and esoteric works on art and local history are also available here.
Books in Philippolis

Oom Japie se Huis

This wonderful and expansive bookstore lives in a Victorian home dating to 1881, which a previous owner lovingly restored. (In the 90s, the place received an award for 'best restored vernacular house' in South Afric…
Books in Johannesburg

Collectors Treasury

The southern hemisphere's largest bookshop is a curious affair. Some two million volumes and around half a million LP records and other collectables are piled high and scattered over nearly every crevice and corner …
Books in Kampala


This is the best place for English-language publications, with a great selection of books on Uganda, as well as novels. Stock up before a long road trip. There are branches at Acacia Mall and Garden City.