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In the Lounge

What will you Find in the Lounge?

Coffee Shop

We have a relaxing coffee shop and lounge area downstairs, where we serve delicious coffees, cappuccino, milkshakes, hot chocolate, herbal teas plus a small selection of tasty snacks. Come and have a look through our copies of the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books.   

What we can do for you?

Book Orders

Let us know what you are looking for, or fill in our query form (click here), and we will search high and low for the book you want. We deliver free to the CBD and surrounds, and accept Visa and Mastercard.

Mailing list

Want to keep up with the latest and find out what events are coming up? Subscribe to our mailing list by filling in the label, and receive our monthly newsletter and invitations to all of our events.

Loyalty Scheme

If it’s your first time here, and you think you’ll come again, make sure you join our loyalty programme when you do. No card, no forms, no points or vouchers, just give us your details, and you will get 5% of your previous purchase off your next one – just remember your name and we do the rest!

Signed copies

We have been privileged to host a wonderful selection of authors here, and have amassed a lovely collection of signed copies – click here to see what’s in store.


If you are looking to buy or source books for your business, come and talk to us about bulk discounts and specialist orders, or just drop us a mail and we will come to you! One of the services we offer include outside showcases – let us know what you do or what you’re interested in, and we’ll gladly bring you a selection of lovely books we think you might like.


Need a location for a shoot? The Book Lounge is a beautiful venue for a film shoot. Talk to us about your needs, and we will do our utmost to accommodate you, subject to timing and availability.

We offer free delivery in the City Bowl, and if you live further afield we are happy to arrange postage for you.

Sefika Award Winner   

Independent Trade Bookshop
Best Independent Bookshop (General Trade)
Best Bookseller in the Country
Special Award for Booksellers who went the Extra Mile


Best Independent Trade Bookshop

How to Find Us

71 Roeland Street, Cape Town 8001
corner of Roeland Street and Buitenkant, opposite the Kimberley Hotel, and diagonally across from Carlucci’s coffee shop.

Directions from the N2/M3
Where the road forks take De Waal Drive rather than the N2. Carry on all the way to the bottom towards Parliament, which will lead you into Roeland Street. At the 3rd set of traffic lights (the intersection with Buitenkant), you will have Carlucci’s on your left and Bentleytex Carpets on your right. We are diagonally opposite . Turn left here for the small parking plot behind Carlucci’s.

Directions from the N1 or N2
Leave either the N1 or N2 at Oswald Pirow Street and turn left. Keep going (you will have the Castle on your right) as it turns into Tennant Street and then De Villiers Road. At the T-junction, turn right onto Roeland Street, and carry on as above.

There is a small, open car park on Buitenkant, just up from Porto Dolce.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7.30pm
Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sundays 10am to 4.00pm