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“Great place to buy or sell books”
Review of The Bookworm Hanoi

The Bookworm Hanoi
Ranked #10 of 209 Shopping in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to buy or sell books”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
5 Thank abby s
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Selection!!”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

loads of books to pick from, well displayed under type of book. Nice quiet shop to relax and select books you want without being hassled. Had lunch here to was great!!

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Lisa2013_13
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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great bookshop.”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Heaps of novels and other reading available . Prices not bad. Can purchase and then trade back in for around 30% of original cost . Great if you are looking for recipe books.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Karen W
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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Well-priced books and an excellent selection”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

If scanning the spines of (inevitably Swedish) paperbacks on every communal bookshelf in Vietnam has left you gasping, drink deeply of the Bookworm. Walked away with an early McEwan and a Rushdie novel for about 30,000 dong each and if prudence (and prefigurative shoulder spasms) hadn't stayed my hand, I would have walked out with much more. Great Vietnam-specific selection upstairs and great wall of used fiction, most of it literary, downstairs.

Visited January 2012
4 Thank Golo D
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great bookshop, helpful and friendly people, good food.”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

This was recommended by a friend as a good lunchtime spot. They were right / the food is very good - its run by an ex-pat Australian and the freshness of the food and attention to detail is wonderful.
The restaurant is above the bookshop, with views out to an old building across the road with a new 30 storey glass monolith right behind. I thought this ironic, so took out my camera and took a couple of shots. The proprietor rushed up to me and asked if I knew what the building across the road was - I had no idea. Turns out its the head if the secret police - the Stasi. She was very uneasy about photography.
The bookshop is a wonderful find - fill of multiple language books and staffed by very knowledgable and friendly people.
Great lunch spot indeed - with a bonus bookshop.

2 Thank Terryh2c
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