5 Book Stores in Colombo

Best book stores in Colombo

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A holiday break can be taken anytime and book lovers are always looking forward to hours of uninterrupted reading time, no matter where they are. It will be great to cuddle up in the cozy bed of your spacious hotel in Colombo with a captivating book.

Makeen Bookstore

Located in 441, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Makeen books have an extensive collection of books and novels to purchase online and in store. They will also deliver books to your doorstep. You can buy books from various categories.

MD Gunasena

This well-known chain of bookstores is a household name in Sri Lanka, and has been around since 1913. From novels and biographies, you will always find a wide variety of books at their many branches. Located in 17 different places, you will come across stores dotted all over the country. M.D. Gunasena is widely popular for their Concept Bookstore, in Bambalapitiya, which has a unique interior design, perfect for browsing and so beautiful that you will never want to leave!


Located 455, Pannipitiya Road, Pelawatta, Battaramulla, Expographic Book Store has developed an identity as a retailer book shop. An excellent bookshop with a massive range of items (some of which aren’t books) available for sale. The staff is also quite friendly and helpful. They have a well-maintained web site so you can search for books and check whether the books are in stock and buy online.

Vijithayapa Book Stores

Established in 1991, Vijitha Yapa now has a chain of twelve bookshops across the country. Vijitha Yapa Bookshop is the largest English bookstore chain in Sri Lanka and offers more than 250,000 titles altogether. The Vijitha Yapa group holds the exclusive rights to sell books in the transit lounge of Colombo’s International Airport. Vijitha Yapa Subscriptions is the largest subscription agent in Sri Lanka.


Sarasavi bookstores are the some of the most popular places many Sri Lankans think of when deciding to go book shopping. With a vast range of books in many categories, Sarasavi is the preferred bookstore for many. You can find new releases, popular and rare books, children’s literature, young adult, and the largest non-fiction categories, with textbooks, biographies and more! Sarasavi has 21 branches all over Sri Lanka, and its Nugegoda branch is by far the most fabulous. You can select a book and read in-house for hours without interruption.

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