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BIBLIOPHILIA is a boutique bookshop specialising in graphic design, art, street art, illustration & photography, plus a small selection of local documentaries, music , Vinyls and dvds.

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"More like a private library than a bookstore, Xavier Nagel’s Bibliophilia is a very idiosyncratic affair. The place is full of surprises, as his books, new and secondhand, are like items in a personal treasury of reference material.

Volumes on photography, architecture, art, graphic design, illustration amd more are heaped where, one imagines, only he can find them. There are arrestng covers at every turn, such as the elegant front of Flowerhead: the illustratons of Olaf Hajek.

It’s the place to find that interior design book you’ve been tryng to track for years, or offbeat works such as Self-Fab House, a book on cutting-edge sustainability by the institute for advanced Architecture of Catalonia."

Louis Vuitton Cape Town City Guide 2014

"...(Side Street Studios) is also home to Bibliophilia, the city's most interesting and rare book selection, curated by design savvy bibliophile Xavier Nagel."

World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 Official Visitor's Guide

An absolutely awesome shop. Nicely done, offers a great choice and the staff are super nice. Enjoyed being there for an hour a lot! Also, big big thanks to Tracy for helping me find my way on my first day in a foreign country... you were the best!
Leon Konig
Always fresh and caters for all fine art lovers and beyond, gotto place if one is seeking valuable information about the arts.
Houghmordeen Jansen