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4 reading cafés gaining traction in the capital

  • Published at 06:48 pm February 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:51 pm February 8th, 2018
The number of cafés in Dhaka is soaring at a meteoric rate. Demand for variety by an ever-increasing number of conscious and financially capable urban citizens is on the rise. And therefore, themes, food and interiors of restaurants, both old and new, local and international, are growing more diverse to accommodate that demand. Restaurants and cafés are one of the few places in Dhaka where one can go, hangout, eat, and have a good time. A myriad of restaurants now offer this service. There is, however, also a rising number of people who are looking for places where they can go, pick a book, read over a cup of coffee, and relax. Responding to that demand, a rising number of reading cafés are opening up in Dhaka. We have listed some of the most popular ones.

DipanPur

Opened in July 2017, DipanPur is a book lover’s haven. You can choose from a rich collection of Bangla and English books by local and international writers, and read them over a cup of coffee and/or snacks from the café, Dipanjoli, at the reading space for as long as you like. The ambience is perfect to simply sit, relax, and read a book alone or with company. Most of the books available can be purchased. There is a corner, named Dipantola, where events such as poetry recitations, book unveilings, discussion sessions, etc, can be organized. There is also a special corner for children. Overall, DipanPur is steadily gaining prominence as a hub for intellectuals as well as those who want to simply read in a tranquil atmosphere. Address: 230, New Elephant Road, Dhaka

Bengal Boi

Opened in November 2017, Bengal Boi has swiftly become a destination of choice for anyone looking for a place to go and read a book, have coffee and snacks, and hang out with friends. The ground floor has a rich collection of old books, the first floor has a diverse stock of both English and Bangla books by local and international writers, and the second floor has books and reading space for children, along with a stationery corner. The books can be purchased or read in the reading corner. The old books on the ground floor cannot be purchased, but each book can be exchanged with two old books. The veranda on the first floor and the open space on the ground floor are ideal for hanging out, while there is also indoor space to have coffee and snacks. The interior is beautifully decorated, the ambience is pleasant, and the reading spaces are strategically located. Overall, it is a place where one would want to visit again and again to have a good time. Address: 1/3 Block D, Lalmatia, Dhaka

Nerdy Bean Coffee Haus

Entering Nerdy Bean, you will instantly fall in love with the small and cozy space where you can pick a book from one of the four shelves and read it over coffee and/or items from the diverse menu. Established very recently, in December 2017, the place is slowly yet surely earning a name for itself as a lifestyle coffee shop. You can simply visit alone, or with a companion, get a book, or don’t, and have a good time in a calm and comforting, vintage-style atmosphere. Address: Ahmed and Kazi Tower, House 57 (35 Old), Road 2, Dhanmondi, Dhaka

North End, Dhanmondi

Within only a few years, North End has established itself as arguably the most popular coffee house in town. Now, the shop's Dhanmondi branch has added a new dimension for book lovers. Renowned book store The Bookworm, which has a niche following especially because of its comprehensive collection of English books as well as an adequate collection of Bangla books, has opened an outlet in the largest and perhaps the chicest North End branch yet. The size of this outlet of The Bookworm is much bigger than its Old Airport outlet. The marriage between the two is no less than a dream come true indeed for any lover of books and coffee. Address: Ahmed and Kazi Tower, House 57 (35 Old), Road 2, Dhanmondi, Dhaka