Alexandrian Gold on Dark Passage is a bookshop with a difference. From the moment you open the door you are assaulted with the musts and spices of the orient, usually because Harold, the proprietor, leaves the back window open and the restaurant next door is open all day.
The other thing to strike you will be the huge mahogany desk behind which sits a woman with one eye. Ever helpful, she will direct you to whatever book you were in the mood to read whether it be modern chick-lit or ancient tomes of esoteric knowlege before you even told her what you came in for.
There is, however, no public bathroom
image: Hypatia of Alexandria