I have decided to start a feature on this blog where I shine a spotlight on some of the best bookstores. I decided to start off with my favourite local bookshop but I will look up interesting stores from around the world, and if you want to give your local one a mention feel free to join in.
Words cannot express how much I love this bookshop. It is called Keats and Chapman Books but it was previously known as The Bookshop. It is situated in the centre of Belfast in Northern Ireland. I will post directions or a map below to help you find it because it can be a little tricky to find, unless you are familiar with the area.
My favourite thing about this shop is that it is almost magical when it comes to its size. When you are outside the shop seems like your regular small bookshop but when you go inside you discover that it is extremely long and literally has books stacked from the floor to the ceiling. It is the Tardis of bookshops. It is much bigger on the inside.
Keats and Chapman specialises in used books. It’s common to find multiple versions of the same book in-store, which makes it a brilliant place to hunt through if you are looking for a particular cover or edition.
The shop seems chaotic when you are inside but the books are organised into sections according to genre and whether or not they are fiction or non-fiction. The staff are also very friendly and somehow they know whether or not they have a particular book, which is impressive considering the volume of books in this store. I think they might be book wizards, because there has to be some magic involved there.
Everything is fairly priced, but that makes it impossible to leave the shop without an armful of books.
If you want to spend a few hours hunting through used books in Belfast this is the place for you.