Kitab Khana

Coordinates: 18°55′57″N 72°49′57″E / 18.932388°N 72.832392°E / 18.932388; 72.832392
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18°55′57″N 72°49′57″E / 18.932388°N 72.832392°E / 18.932388; 72.832392

Kitab Khana
Number of locations
Key people
Amrita and Samir Somaiya[1]
OwnerSomaiya Group

Kitab Khana (Hindi; literally "home for books") is an independent bookshop that was founded in 2010 inside Somaiya Bhavan, a 150-year-old building in Fort, Mumbai, India.[1][2] The colonial-style structure with high ceilings and Corinthian columns often draws attention for its "old-world charm", even though the construction is recent.[3] It has been called "India's most beautiful bookshop".[4] The store is spread over two floors and has an in-house cafe.[5] The shop has a wide collection of world literature, classics, and regional Indian literature in many languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu[3] In 2021, Financial Times included the shop in a list of "the most brilliant bookshops in the world".[6]

The Corinthian columns inside the bookshop.


  1. ^ a b "Fort to get new bookstore". Hindustan Times. 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ Nandana, James (30 April 2020). "How the book industry is grappling with the coronavirus-induced lockdown". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b Upade, Sadiya (10 June 2017). "A bibliophile's guide to the city's bookstores". The Asian Age.
  4. ^ Patel, Aakar (27 July 2013). "The secrets hidden in book-store shelves". Livemint.
  5. ^ Pal, Chandrima. "Six Mumbai bookshops that readers are learning to love".
  6. ^ Simons, Baya (23 October 2021). "The most brilliant bookshops in the world". Financial Times.

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