South Seas Books in Port Elliot is one of my favourite things, a bookshop café. For people like me whose definition of a relaxing getaway is finding a comfy corner to cuddle up with a book and a cup of tea, this is a great first stop.
Far from being the regular city style bookshop with endless copies of Fifty Shades of Grey piled up next to the register, South Seas is more like I see my ideal living room. It is a comfortable, welcoming series of little book-filled corners and couches and armchairs surrounded by book-lined walls.
Even on the odd occasion I go there 'just for a coffee' (famous last words), there is always a title or an author's name which peeks out from the shelves whispering 'Buy me'.
For those who are just looking for any old book for a holiday or weekend read, there is a wonderful selection covering all genres, including a fantastic children's section. I do have a quick peek through the children's section whenever I'm there just to see all my childhood favourites waiting to be discovered by other children.