Hemingways of Hermanus, Western Cape

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Hemingways of Hermanus is a charming antiquarian and used book store located a stone’s throw from the cliff path in the beautiful seaside town of Hermanus. It’s known as “The most unusual and quirky bookshop in South Africa”. Once inhabited by simple fisher folk, today this locale is a popular tourist destination with its picturesque setting of art galleries, eateries and hotels.
Hemingways Bookshop, an emporium of books and collectables delights the visitor with its eclectic and nostalgic ambience.
Why name a bookshop after an author who has never set foot in South Africa? The opening of the shop in 1995 correlated with the 100 year anniversary of Hemingway’s birth.
In his memoir, A Moveable Feast, Hemingway captured memories of his time as a writer in Paris. Tales of this bookshop’s charm have traveled as far afield as the pages of The New York Times, The Lonely Planet Guide, as well as various online travel magazines. A favourite destination for both locals and visitors, it has been compared to the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare & Company. In 2013 Hemingways Bookshop was selected and featured in Louis Vuitton’s Cape Town City Travel Guide.
This iconic bookshop specialises in Africana and general genres.
Owners Noel and Beth Hunt share a passion for hunting down good books. Beth’s coffee-table book Hermanus was published in 2008. In 2017, she launched Hermanus: Whales, Wine, Fynbos, Art. Another highlight was taking second place in the prestigious Pen Studzinski Literary Award judged by Nobel laureate, J M Coetzee. Noel with his architectural background is an avid bibliophile and artist specializing in African portraiture.
In today’s increasingly busy world, Hemingways is a sanctuary as well as a celebration of authors who have stood the test of time.

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