Empire Books, Muizenberg, Cape Town: Shop Review


Empire Books
York Road, Muizenberg
Cape Town
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Specialty: 2nd-hand books.
Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 82 746 8390
diceros@isat.co.za
SA Blog recommends a look inside? If you’re in the area.

Further Insight & Opinion
Just a stroll down the road from the Olive Station cafe, Empire Books makes for a pleasant half-hour’s peruse. The selection of SA poetry and fiction is above-average, while the ratio of good literature to rubbish is positively life-affirming.

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My last visit there saw the proprietor unpacking a large consignment of old liquor boxes stuffed with interesting titles – always a good sign in a bookshop. But beware his friend, whom he calls “the Bard of Muizenberg”, and who sits in a corner and mercilessly unleashes terrible puns as you browse.