Are you a book lover? Here are the top 5 experiences to try in Pune

Book lovers' from around Pune city, we have curated some specials from around Pune which promise happy reading experiences for the bookworm in you!
Are you a book lover? Here are the top 5 experiences to try in Pune
Are you a book lover? Here are the top 5 experiences to try in Pune

Books hold a myriad of worlds within themselves. Maybe 'zindagi na milegi dobara' is the truth of life, but with books, there are innumerable lives one could live through reading. For such adventurous bibliophiles of Pune, the city carries within itself some of the best experiences that could be every book lovers' dream! Wish to live these dreams? From book shopping to unique reading experiences, here are top five experiences for bibliophiles from Pune to relish right away!

1. A Delight for Book Shopaholics

For a book lover, book shopping has no limits! From different genres to unique themes, every book finds a space in book lovers' shopping carts! Bookstores across Pune offer just the perfect deals for a reader's cart.

Express Book Service in Camp, Pune is a heritage in itself. With a wide range of books to choose from, the place also hosts meet and greet sessions with authors frequently. Famous personalities like Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and more have been visitors of this famous book store.

For readers wishing to dive into Marathi literature, Akshardhara Book Gallery,Bajirao Road is the place to go! The cosy feel of the place combined with a collection of varied books makes Akshardhara Book Gallery a heaven for readers. Literary events and celebrations further enhance the charm of this place.

Cafés for Book lovers

A book in your hand, a cup of coffee to sip from and a beautiful ambience around you - seems like the best combination! You can experience this in Pune which houses a number of unique book cafés.

Pagdandi Bookstore Cafe, a concept book café in Baner, aims to enhance reading experiences with the warmth of delectable dishes. The place promotes alternate and healthy lifestyle choices as it brings together activities like reading, music, food, group discussions, arts and more under one roof. 

A place where stories and flavours intertwine, Cafe Kathaa on FC Road promises a unique experience to the bibliophiles of Pune. With its old-school look and flavoursome menu, the place offers a huge collection of books, including Kindle for the tech-enthusiasts, to dive into while you enjoy their food services. 

Exploring Pune's libraries

The charm of visiting libraries and reading endlessly tops the bucket list of every book-fanatic. And Pune has just the right spots for you to cherish this dream.

The oldest library of Pune, the Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir takes you back in time with its antique look and rare, old prints. Built in 1884, this library in Budhwar Peth stands as a historic place with a collection of over 75,000 books. Readers must visit this library to experience what all this legendary place has to offer.

Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir (image source:
Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir (image source:

Friends Library in Wanowrie is another dream library for book lovers. The place has a wide-ranging collection of books for all. The place hosts unique events like reading sessions and workshops to unite people who love reading. 

Friends Library (image source:
Friends Library (image source:

The Book Street of Pune

For any reading enthusiast, a place with multiple bookstores to explore is no less than heaven! Pune brings this book lovers' heaven on earth at Appa Balwant Chowk. Known as the open street library of Pune, this is the place where you could find any book you were searching for! This place has been a hotspot of book sales and purchases in Pune since 1950.Be it second hand books, Urdu literature, guide books for exams or some old novels, you will find them all at the bookstores on Appa Balwant Chowk at great prices.

Appa Balwant Chowk /9image source:
Appa Balwant Chowk /9image source:

Building book communities 

The joy of reading grows multifold when many such lovers of reading come together! Pune's book communities aim at spreading this joy of reading among many and uniting the readers through discussions and activities.

Pune Reads is a quiet reading community that brings the fun of reading and calmness of nature together. The community meets every Saturday, from 8 AM to 11 AM at Kamala Nehru Park. Bring your own book, a mat and a snack and enjoy a quiet, peaceful reading time in nature with Pune Reads! 

The Pune Book Readers Club is a community of avid readers united by their passion for reading. They hold regular meetings and discuss books and related themes, thoughts, ideas and more. Explore this club to find more who share your love for reading!

These experiences are just a few among many that one could cherish as a bibliophile. Pune keeps bringing many such experiences and as a book lover, you must try and explore them all to keep the joy of reading alive!

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