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Review of The Bookworm Hanoi

The Bookworm Hanoi
Ranked #14 of 224 Shopping in Hanoi
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I have bought a lot of books here and the seller is very enthusiastic. He even helped me keep the books I had asked to purchase but weren't available at his store. You can find both second hand and new books here and the surroundings are great with trees and the quietness of the quarter. An excellent place for excellent English books.

4  Thank nganha88
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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.

5  Thank abby s
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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!!

2  Thank Lisa2013_13
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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.

2  Thank Karen W
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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.

4  Thank Golo D
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