Follow @book_lounge
Subscribe here to receive invitations to our events and our monthly Newsletter
* = required field


The Book Lounge is an independent bookshop in the Eastern Precinct of Cape Town City Centre. We opened in December 2007 and have had the most wonderful response. Talk to our experienced and passionate staff about the book you are looking for or feel free to grill us on what we’ve been reading recently. We pride ourselves on the many interesting book related events that we host – check out our events page for details of what’s coming up. Or just come and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while relaxing in the Lounge area and perusing our eclectic selection of books. Bring your children to the best kids section in town and if you know of a 3 to 8 year old who likes a good story, every Saturday morning at 11.00 is story time at the Book Lounge. We have a wide and unusual range of books, and if you’re looking for something we don’t have in the shop, we will do our utmost to get it for you. Enjoy the site and please drop us a mail if you have questions, queries about books or comments to share.


The Open Book School Library Project

The Open Book School Library Project is one that is close to our collective hearts. We are delighted to announce that we will be working with St Mary’s Primary in 2015 and look forward to getting to know the teachers and learners. We have made some changes to the project which we think are going to grow the positive impact we are able to have on learners. Instead of a library – which has to be staffed and is not always easily accessible – we will be putting ‘Open Boxes’ into their Grade R through to Grade 2 classes. The boxes will include a great selection of books, games, DVDS and other resources of value to the teachers. As always, we will run exciting book related events at the school, in particular for those grades we are working with most closely.

Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause – any amount from R100 to R10,000 would be an enormous help! For more details please mail us on

Latest Blog Posts

October 2016

Fiction     Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney   Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Theirs is the generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine – and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Now, […]

September 2016

Fiction Nutshell by Ian McEwan Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, […]

Book of the Week – 20% discount

We are delighted to be able to offer Teju Cole’s brilliant first collection of essays – Known and Strange Things – as our Book of the Week. Buy the book before Friday 26th August and get a 20% discount. Retail price is R290, but you will pay only R232!

Forthcoming Events

Launch of Travels with My Father by Karen Jennings

Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 5:30 PM

American author Jay McInerney visits the Lounge! Launch of Bright Precious Days

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 at 5:30 PM

Launch of When Zuma Goes by Ralph Mathekga

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

October 2016
« Sep   Nov »