We Are ‘Ernest’ About Good Books

Hemingways Bookshop in Hermanus offers a nostalgic experience in an emporium of books featuring both used and new titles. This iconic landmark in the town has become known, both locally and internationally, as a bibliophile’s destination. Specialising in Africana and collectable books, as well as featuring general genres. From A to Z, you are bound to find something of interest amongst the maze of shelves housed in a treasure trove of vintage memorabilia and interesting artefacts. Hemingways Bookshop has been favourably compared to Shakespeare & Company in Paris, an historical locale which was visited in the pre-war era by famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway himself.

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“Ernest Hemingway is a celebrated American author whose literary influence changed the style of 20th-century fiction.”

In 1995, the centenary year of the iconic writer’s birth, Beth and Noel Hunt established Hemminways Bookshop.

Beth is a published writer who hails from the Eastern Cape. Her writing achievements include taking second place in the prestigious Pen Studzinski Literary Award judged by Nobel laureate, J M Coetzee. 

Beth’s publications include:

  • Hermanus (coffee-table book) - published in 2008
  • Hermanus: Whales, Wine, Fynbos, Art - published in 2017
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When she is not busy writing her eagerly awaited novel, this multi-talented artiste who speaks French fluently, enjoys Middle Eastern dancing. 

Noel spent most of his youth growing up in central Africa. His deep love for books is hereditary and both his grandfather and father had ‘home libraries’ overflowing with thousands of publications. When he is not reading his latest literary find, Noel enjoys being creative and specialises in African portraiture.

Hemingways Bookshop is proud to be a member of SABDA (South African Book Dealers Association) and has been featured in the New York Times, Country Life, Getaway magazine and is included in the Lonely Planet Guide. In 2013 they were chosen by Louis Vuitton to be featured in their 2013 Cape Town City Guide.  



Included in the genres at Hemingway's Bookshop are:

  • First Editions
  • Africana & Collectable Books
  • South African literature
  • Afrikaans
  • Classics & Folio Society Editions
  • Fiction & Non-fiction
  • Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs
  • Poetry & Literary
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Esoteric
  • Cookery & Wine
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Art
  • Photography
  • War & History
  • Genealogy
  • Travel & Exploration
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Motor Cars
  • Interior Decor & Crafts
  • Children’s Books
  • Gardening
  • Collectable Comics
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Hemingways Bookshop is a treasure trove of collectables:

  • Memorabilia
  • Ephemera
  • Vintage
  • Porcelain
  • Furniture
  • Vinyl’s
  • Paintings & Cards
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Online Auctions

Online Auctions

Hemingways Bookshop also sells books on reputable international auctions.

To find out when the next auction is taking place and about other literary events in Hermanus contact Hemingways Bookshop directly.



“An unforgettable experience that one wants, and needs, to revisit over-and-over again!! A five-star experience.” Noreen Craib
“A beautiful place for book lovers where you can just forget about everything else as you go through the store’s well-stocked nooks and crannies, stocked with books you won’t easily find anywhere else.” Jackie Mondi
“A gem in Hermanus! A must-see for everyone that visits. I love the music, the books and the brilliant staff! Hemingways Bookshop is a place of great comfort and relaxation. Superbly run by the team. Thank you for the memories!” Pearl Boltman
“More than just a bookshop, Hemingways is a destination! Some days I just go in there to smell the books!” Charmaine Beukes
“I only happened to pass by when I saw that there was a bookshop, so I just had to stop. The place is wonderful, with shelves full of amazing books! It was definitely loved at first sight.” Aiza Pascua



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