Are you ever up at 2am, with nothing to do and nowhere to go? Well, if you live in Taiwan or Hong Kong, the Eslite bookstore chain might just be your saving grace. Being open 24 hours and with an amazing policy that lets its customers read as long as they like without being pressured to actually buy anything, this shop seems like a bookworm’s dream come true. Since opening its flagship store in Taipei, the bookstore has become one of the most popular night spots in Taiwan and a tourist attraction for travelers everywhere. Who said reading was dead?
Eslite’s busiest time of day actually happens to be between 10pm and 2am, when night owls and booklovers flock to the store to relax and curl up with a good book. Despite functioning kind of like a public library, the company still manages to turn a profit by being creative with their concept of what a bookstore can offer. Locations around Asia boast wine cellars, tea shops, clothing boutiques and even café/food courts. Eslite bookstores also act as artistic hubs, hosting everything from music and dance performances to film screenings, art exhibits, and cooking shows. The Eslite business model is one that bibliophiles are totally on board for and support.