Bookworm has a comfortable and homey ambiance. Being surrounded by so many wonderful books by my favorite writers after so many weeks abroad was like seeing old friends!
Excellent selection of English language books, organized nicely in air conditioned rooms. The staff is friendly without being too intrusive and they clearly care about books themselves. Mysteries, used fiction and a smallish new fiction shelf are on the main floor and non-fiction and books about Vietnam are upstairs. There is also a poetry and theater shelf in the stairwell. On my first visit I got books by Carol Shields, Georges Simenon, Kate Atkinson and Robert B. Parker.
You can also trade in books. If you are trying to downsize your books while traveling, you can bring them here and know that they will be comfortable and happy and looked after until someone buys them :)
While no one is going to get rich selling their used books to a bookstore, I did bring in 10 mostly short books in good- very good condition (mystery novels, "serious" fiction, English language teaching books and a travel guide) and get about $18 for them, which is real money in Hanoi.
As a bonus, there is a cafe (attached to the Hanoi Cooking Center) right at the entrance. The spring rolls and coffees are good. For a delightful Hanoi afternoon, go to Bookworm, browse a bit, grab a coffee and then walk about 5 blocks to the Food Shop 45, a delightful and affordable Indian Restaurant in a lovely setting on Truc Bach Lake.
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