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Caban, a unique Welsh-Language bookshop

The unique Welsh-language bookstore Caban is in its adulthood and waiting for more explorers.

Caban, a predominantly Welsh-language bookshop founded by a mother of two boys who have autism in Portcanna area of Cardiff in 2002, is 18 years old now. Its name “Caban” is a Welsh word of “cabin”, which is a perfect description of the shop’s atmosphere- a warm and fragrant home in the wood. 

doll on the shelves

doll on the shelf saying hello to children.

Most of the goods, including cards, books, CDs, DVDs, tea sets and some Welsh style gifts are in Welsh language. Residents also communicate in Welsh. Sometimes they just come in for a conversation, or to share an interesting story. Compare to the gift shops next to Cardiff Castle that show scarfs and sheep dolls printed with “made in China”, Caban is more like a quiet vicar, guarding the culture and impression of Wales.

red stones

red stones with Welsh words on them. “Diolch” means thanks. “Cariad” means love.

“There were other four Welsh-language bookshops in and around Cardiff years ago, but now we are the only one survived. People prefer buying books on Amazon because of a cheaper price and more options.” Said a staff of Caban. Then she started counting the new books sent buy the Welsh Books Council.

cards

a card with red dragon is outstanding in the middle of the card shelf.

guest

guest selecting cards and books.