How to Open a Bookstore and Cafe

Books are really the buddy of a bookworm person. Opening a bookstore with cafe is a good investment for a bookworm like you.

It’s a good combination of selling books and having a cafe in your bookstore to give your customers a comfortable feeling.

What is in a Bookstore and Cafe?

A bookstore and cafe is a combination of piles of books ready for sale and a comfortable cafe that provides place for bookworms to sip coffee and talk with their friends while enjoying their books. It is a modern type of library and a much more public place for reading with a twist for having a cafe in it. It is a very interesting place for a person who wants to meet new people who are also interested in reading and exploring new things and ideas through books. The cafe is really just an addition to the whole idea. It gives new impression to reading. Reading with a cup of coffee or tea with you is a lot better than reading without anything to drink or eat. It’s a higher level of coming into a public place to look for interesting books and a cafe with it.

As a bookstore owner, you should know that this type of business requires more customer related issues that should be handled. It requires you to know something about the books you are selling and requires you to give a good suggestion on what to order on your cafe inside your bookstore. You have to be close to your staff and crew inside your bookstore and cafe. Through this, you will be able to relay to them the things you want them to do while working in your business without being so bossy and without looking so terror to them. Remember that a good employer-employee relationship will really make the business prosper. This will also set a good image to your daily customers and they will have a good impression about your bookstore and cafe.

When you open your bookstore and cafe, you should have a good business plan. You should lay down all your plans and then refine it and by the time you reach the finality of your plan, you should execute it as is. Doing everything that is being said in your plan will really set up a good output of the business. There are also some times that you have to step out of the original plan to cater the recent situation of your business. At the end, it really all depends on the recent situation of your business.

You should also think of a catchy name for your bookstore and cafe business. Since you are a bookworm, there are many possible names for your business venture. Think of something unique, and something that will stick to the heads of the customers and would make them go inside your bookstore and cafe. Also, in your cafe, the names of your food and beverages should also be personalized. You can try changing the call names of your products especially if you are selling your very own products. It is a bit adventurous on your part but really it will pay off later on.


  • alex sharff said on October 20, 2010
    please help me in opening a book store with a cafe in brooklyn, nyc
  • Nicki Alexander said on March 27, 2011
    Hello I need help opening a bookstore and cafe I live in Trinidad & Tobago (that's in the Caribbean)
  • Chris Vinstino said on April 5, 2011
    Hey, I would like to open a christian bookstore/Cafe in CT in an area that doesn't have one. I need some help as to how I should begin. I have a place in mind, I have a name in mind, and my ideas are unique for that particular area. Therefore, please give me your input on how to execute my plan.
  • Zalili Yusof said on May 25, 2011
    Hi, I'm lili and I live in Shah Alam, a city near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I dream to open up a cafe but my husband wants to open a book store. It would be great to combine these 2 ideas. Any valuable tips to start off the business?
  • Prajyot said on July 28, 2011
    Hi, this is Prajyot frm India... I want to open a bookstore with cafe in a basic budget... can u help me?
  • Pam said on September 4, 2011
    I live in a small town in CT that does not have a book store or a coffee bar. They have a coffee shop but it only stays open until 2pm. No commercial businesses are allowed in this town. I had a previous on-line business selling books and cds; but now I would like to open a book store with a coffee bar. Could you tell me how much it would cost to start up such a business? Also should I set it up as a LLC or a S-Corp? Thanks.
  • CMY said on June 26, 2012
    I would like to open a bookstore/cafe. How much is the start up cost and requirement to start? Where can i order the books from and etc...Please give me your input on going forward.
  • Anna paul said on November 21, 2012
    Nigerian campuses is The best place to sell good books, pls how can I get books for each faculty in a cheaper rates, Nigeria west Africa
  • ahamed said on February 13, 2013
    i am pakistani and want to open cafe in malaysia with pakistani foods atim
  • Dhananjay kumar pandey said on February 19, 2013
    I want to open a book & cafe corner in Lucknow U.P, India. Is is good to open such stores near engineering or medical college or not. please advice me what type of location do you feel will be the best for such type of business. How much we need to invest and what are the important point we need to take care. With best regards, D.K.P
  • kuljeet said on February 19, 2013
    hi , i would like to open a bookstore with cafe in delhi or ncr can u specify the place or if u have some kind of consulting services plz do let us know. my contact number is 9818361676
  • Audrey said on March 4, 2013
    Hi, Ever since I worked at a book store some years ago, I've been wanting to open a bookstore cafe but haven't a clue where to start. I live in Essex county N.J. and have hopes of opening a religion friendly place that can also be a study group/ discussion session/ book club in the evenings for people of all backgrounds to talk freely and express opinions about culture, current events, belief systems, family, love, work etc.
  • pamela banerjee said on May 8, 2013
    Hello there, I am a flight attendant for a private jet company, and serving people almost runs in my blood, I am an ardent reader too hence i want to set up my book cafe in Pondicherry, India. My idea is to create a nice blende of indo-french warm and friendly environment. Will appreciate it massively if you could assist me with your expertise. Appreciate it!!
  • priscah warambo said on January 24, 2014
    hi, am a cook and a childcare provider, i love reading and cooking. i would love to open a book cafe in my city, i live in nairobi kenya. Reading here is for school only but i would love to open a book cafe to make reading enjoyable and refreshing. i will appreciate if you could assist me with your expertise.. thank you
  • Taya Bagang said on December 27, 2014
    Hi, I am very naive when it comes to actual business. But I have a dream to open a book cafe in Itanagar, capital city of Arunachal Pradesh (state) in India. And this will be a first of its kind in this city. What could be the capital required to set up this book cafe and how do i start is some basic questions that i am confused with. So here i need some expert guidance. waiting for response. thanks.
  • Divya Mehra said on January 7, 2015
    Hi, I and my friend want to open a book cafe in Delhi NCR. We have a sketchy idea of how we want to go about it but have no experience. We seek guidance on how to zero in on the location, what would be a start-up cost. What all licenses or registrations do we need. How do we go about the stock of books and the other details that are a must know to start this, Please reply.
  • Pyrcy Morson said on January 15, 2015
    Hi, I was given a vision to open a bookstore, Coffeeshop and prayer room. I'm currently working on my business plan and constitution. I'm located in Stoke Newington, London U.K
  • Anjana H S said on February 27, 2015
    Hi, I want to open book cafe in Mysore, Karnataka, India. It was just a thought and was impressed but have no experience. Hence seek your guidance on how to start up from the beginning. Please help.
  • Ravi Kant Prabhakar beginner adviser said on April 11, 2015

    @Divya Mehra, Please contact me on || Consultant

  • Jill said on May 14, 2015
    I am looking into opening a bookstore/wine bar in Portland, OR. We need advice on start up funds and how to get in touch with book distributors.
  • Dimpy said on October 26, 2015
    Hi,m from guwahati,assam.I want to know a rough budge for opening a bookcafe at guwahati.
  • Rachna Maheshwari said on June 14, 2016
    Hi, rachna this syd and wanted to open the book cafe with a normal budget in delhi or ncr location , please suggest me some tips and tricks.
  • Sherice Troupe Edwards said on August 31, 2016
    i am living in Jamaica and i would like assistance in opening a book store and juices cafe. i have a location in mind and names and basic ideas of how i want to do things.
  • freda said on April 7, 2017
    I want to open a bookstore with a cafe inside the store what are the equipment I will need
  • Ravi Kant Prabhakar beginner adviser said on April 20, 2017
    @Freda.....You will require Food display unit, Coffee machine, coffee bean grinder, Milkshake blender, sandwich griller, Deep Freezer, Visicooler, etc. First you need to decide your menu accordingly equipment are planned. I have given u list of general equipments.... Thanks || Consultant

  • Freda Edwards said on August 13, 2017
    I need help opening a book cafe in Nigeria delta state university, I need tips and advice and how to register the business.
  • Robin said on August 17, 2017
    Hello, I am in Trinidad and Tobago and I will be opening a used bookstore/ coffee house with entertainment and I am looking for a business partner. If you are interested in this please get back to Thanks.
  • Dee said on February 27, 2019
    hello, my name is Dee I am in Saint Louis and could use some advice on opening starting my own cafe and book store Christian based. I would appreciate any information you could share with me. Thank you.


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