The independent bookshop for unchained minds

Less 20% on all books for 1 week only!

Sale starts Friday 1 June and runs until Sunday 11 June.
We also have a selection of titles at 50% off. Find us at B6 Mainstream Centre, Princess Street, Hout Bay.

Welcome to the Bay Bookshop

The Bay Bookshop opened its doors in the Mainstream Centre in Hout Bay in 2002. The decision was influenced mainly by the shop's wonderful view of the mountains and sea. Independent bookshops have become an endangered species in recent years because of the trend towards larger chain stores but the Bay Bookshop offers a level of personalised service and a tailored selection of stock that can only be achieved by a dedicated and experienced team. The bookshops' founders, Steve Davies and Pierre Engel, have decades of bookselling experience between them, both in South Africa and in London.

A special selection of books

We have taken special care to assemble a stock selection we trust will appeal to a varied market. Apart from general fiction, South African titles and children's books we are always updating our selection of specialist reference, biography, history, design, cookery and travel sections. Our selection is tailored to be the best available in each category.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are welcome (we offer the usual discounts and appro service to registered book clubs) and we are able to source unusual or difficult-to-obtain titles from our US and UK suppliers.

Gift Vouchers

Book tokens are available if you really can't decide what to buy and unlike some shops, they do not expire!

Our loyalty scheme is simple and doesn't require you to carry a card or remember a number. Leave your name and we do the paperwork. If you wish, you may add your name to our mailing list for in-store events.

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Come and visit us. The Bay Bookshop is at B6 Mainstream Centre, Princess Street, Hout Bay

Operating Hours

Mondays to Fridays:
Sundays and Public Holidays:

09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:00

*Closed on 25 December and 1 January

Contact Us

Find us at:

021 790 9009
B6 Mainstream Centre, Princess Street
Hout Bay, Cape Town

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
James Baldwin

Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.”
Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies


“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.”
Cornelia Funke, Inkspell


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