Top 15 Bookstores in the Philippines

Despite the fact that books can be easily read through mobile devices nowadays, there are still people who love the smell of a good ol’ paperback. This is probably the reason why bookstores have started to emerge again in various parts of the metro.

If you are still one of those rare “bibliophiles” around, then you have got to keep an eye on the top 15 bookstores in the Philippines.

1. National Bookstore

Spanning to almost a hundred branches nationwide, National Bookstore or NBS has been a household name to every student and professional who are in dire need of any school or office supplies.

But more than that, NBS has started out as a retail store for books, ranging from non-fiction to popular fictional publications from authors all over the world.

Where to find National Bookstore: Across all major malls in the Philippines
Store Hours: Daily; Mall hours (usually from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm)

2. Fully Booked

Fully Booked is also one of the more popular bookstores in the metro today thanks to its sophisticated and laid-back motif that highly appeals to the younger masses.

Fully Booked has a wide array of authors from all over the world and if you have a specific title in mind which isn’t available in their shelves yet, you can pre-order and they’ll do the work for you.

Some branches like the one in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig even has a coffee shop built within the establishment.

Where to find Fully Booked: Across all major malls in the Philippines
Store Hours: Daily; Mall hours (usually from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm)

3.Goodwill/Bridges Bookstore

Goodwill Bookstore is one of the longest-running bookstores in the country as it was first established in 1938.

The store is also known for its array of academic and reference books with a particular specialization on the field of medicine. As of now, Goodwill has branches in key cities around the Philippines including Davao and Cebu.

Recently, the store has also embarked in producing organic-based office products called Goodwill Organics.

Where to find Goodwill Bookstore: Greenhills Shopping Center San Juan, Metro Manila; UP Manila; Provincial branches located in Cebu and Davao City
Contact Number(s): (632) 723-0545; (032) 255-0825 (Cebu Branch); (082) 300-1732 (Davao Branch)

4. CentralBooks

CentralBooks is popular for being the first bookstore to offer digital reprinting of publications, making them one of the rare stores to not run out of available published copies for specific titles.

The company also offers publishing on demands, allowing authors to publish their own works immediately.

Where to find CentralBooks: 927 Quezon Avenue Phoenix Building, Quezon City; 109 SDC Building Leviste St. Brgy. Bel Air Makati, Manila; Ever Gotesco Mall CM Recto cor Nicanor Reyes St, Manila; SM MegaMall 5th Level Building A, Ortigas Center, Manila; Provincial branches in Cebu and Davao City
Contact Numbers: (632) 372-3350; (032) 253-0784 (Cebu Branch); (082) 224-1070 (Davao Branch)

5. Power Books

Like Fully Booked, Power Books is well-known among yuppies and youngsters with its line of publications and titles. They’re also known for providing a space where you can read and enjoy the books you purchased.

Powerbooks also allows private reading for some titles so if you’re not sure if you want to buy a specific book, you can have a test read at your own leisure. All Power Books branches are situated in malls though, so you need to be wary of their schedule as they also abide with mall hour schedules.

Where to find Power Books: Ayala Town Center Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Evia Vista City, Las Pinas City; Festival Mall, Muntilupa City; Greenbelt 4, Makati City; Serendra, The Fort, Taguig City; Shangri-La, Mandaluyong City; SM Megamall, Pasig City; Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Store Hours: Daily; Mall hours (usually from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm)

6. Recto Cartimar Bookstore

Owned by a bibliophile named Mang Greg, this bookstore in Recto is also popular for selling used cassette tapes and vinyl records.

If you are in for a nostalgia trip, the books sold here are reeking of that good ol’ smell that you have always loved.

Where to find Recto Cartimar Bookstore: Stall 32, Cartimar Building Shopping Center, Severino Street, CM Recto, Quiapo, Manila
Store Hours: Daily, from 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm

7. Booksale

If you love reading books but don’t always have the budget to buy your favorites whenever you want to, then Booksale is for you.

Booksale is the home of pre-loved titles – ranging from classics, children’s books, coffee table books, magazines, and even academic titles. Everything in this establishment is very affordable that you’ll end up buying a lot for half the price.

Where to find Booksale: Across major malls in the Philippines
Store Hours: Daily; Mall hours (usually from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm)

8. Books for Less

The best thing about Books for Less is when they declare their warehouse sale. You can buy all the secondhand books that you want for the price of only ten pesos (roughly around US 0.20 dollars).

Aside from that, all books on sale are properly arranged so you can shop to your heart’s content.

Where to find Books for Less: SM Supercenter, Pasig; RCBC Tower, Makati; Centris Station, QC Ave.; Shopwise Eastwood; Shopwise Commonwealth; Pioneer Center, Pasig; SM Marikina; SM City – Masinag – Exhibit; SM City – Taytay – Exhibit
Store Hours: Daily; Mall hours (usually from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm)

9. Merriam and Webster Bookstore

This bookstore is also a great alternate for all your publication and supplies needs as they sell in a cheaper price compared to other huge-scale bookstores in the metro.

Where to find Merriam and Webster Bookstore: 866-800, Nicanor Reyes Sr. Avenue,
Manila, Philippines
Store Hours: Daily; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

10. Rex Bookstore

Rex Bookstore is considered to be the pioneer of educational publishing in the Philippines.

Textbooks and other materials (posters, flash cards) that are used in a lot of schools in the country have been published by the said company.

Where to find Rex Bookstore: 856 N. Reyes Sr. St., Sampaloc, Manila (main branch); other locations across the Philippines (Naga, Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga)
Contact Number(s): (632) 723-0545; (032) 255-0825 (Cebu Branch); (082) 300-1732 (Davao Branch)

11. Hemingway Bookstore

Popular for their philosophical titles, Hemingway Bookstore is quite difficult to catch because they are only visible during special events such as weekend markets.

However, once you get to browse through their library, you’d be able to find those elusive titles that you’ve been looking for.

Where to find Hemingway Bookshop: G/F First United Building, 310 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila; Escolta’s Saturday Market
Store Hours: Saturdays; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

12. Books from the Underground

This bookstore comes with an interesting concept as it is situated in the underpass of one of Manila’s railway systems. Despite this, Books from the Underground is filled with rare titles and other interesting publications.

The owner, AJ Laberinto, also has an eye for every book sold here so you’ll definitely enjoy your stay.

Where to find Books from Underground: Manila City Hall Underpass
Store Hours: Daily; 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 mn

13. Jerbs Bookstore

If you are a fan of Filipino romance novels, then Jerbs is the place for you. The bookstore is known for selling different books at a very affordable price so all your money is well spent here.

You can even get some advices in life when you pose a conversation with its owner, Mang Ed.

Where to find Jerbs Bookstore: G/F, 5-A No.2, Guadalupe Commercial Complex Makati, Burgos Corner Edsa, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City
Store Hours: Daily; 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

14. Bookmates Zone

Bookmates is situated in the halls of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

What makes this store popular is that it has a wide array of bestsellers that are sold at a lower price compared to those at the malls. Make sure to save up because you might end up binge-buying.

Where to find Bookmates Zone: Greenhouse AS Walk Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Store Hours: Daily; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

15. Bookay-Ukay

Bookay-ukay is based from the word “ukay-ukay” or a thrift shop. Therefore, expect the place to be a haven of great titles sold at cheap prices.

Oftentimes, you’d even spot some local celebrities looking around as well.

Where to find Bookay-Ukay: No. 78, Maginhawa Street, Teachers’ Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Store Hours: Daily; 10:00 am – 11:00 pm