1. Nai Sarak, Delhi
Nai Sarak is an old Delhi favourite. Why is it called Nai Sarak? Because it is a comparatively new and broader road made by the British. It has double storey buildings throughout the street and the lower storeys of these buildings are where you have the book shops. You get all kinds of books here along with stationary items. If you’ve lived in Delhi, you’d know that if you are unable to find any book, this is the market that will not disappoint you
2. Avenue Road, Bangalore
This is one of the busiest shopping places in Bangalore. The best thing about its location is that it lies in the heart of the city, close to Majestic Bus Station and Bangalore city railway station. Its traditional trade lies in second-hand books. However, it is famous for clothes, jewellery and pawn brokering as well.
3. College Street, Kolkata
This is the largest second-hand book market in the world and the largest book market in India. In fact, that’s the reason it is also called Boi Para (colony of books). You can buy books at throwaway prices, and you can extensively bargain too. Honestly, this should be on top of your list!
4. Fort, Mumbai
Fort is the heart of Mumbai city and extends up to Victoria Terminus in the north and Kala Ghoda in the south. However, a string of second-hand book shops are located close to Flora Fountain and you can bag some really old books at low prices. The variety of books available here is commendable. In fact, if you’re lucky you might even spot some really expensive coffee table books too.
5. Sector 15, Chandigarh
This is the place to buy mainly academic books, especially those by rare authors. In Chandigarh, this market is the hub for college students.
6. Sunday Book Market, Abids, Hyderabad
For ages, the Sunday Book Market in Hyderabad has been a one-stop-shop for all kinds of books. Fiction, non-fiction, journals, comics – you name it and you can find it here. The best part about this market is that they are sold at half the price!
7. Ber Sarai, Delhi
This is a small neighbourhood located between Jawaharlal Nehru University and IIT Delhi. The Ber Sarai market is famous for both new and second-hand books. A Delhi University favorite!
8. Daryaganj, Delhi
Daryaganj is a major commercial hub of old Delhi. It is most famous for the Sunday Book Market or the Kitaab Bazaar, which is held every Sunday on street pavements. Books of all genres are available here. Additionally, offices of various publishing houses including the Oxford University Press are located nearby.