Whether in the capital city, Amsterdam or any Dutch young and robust cities, finding a bookstore on the street to satisfy your appetite for reading is a breeze. Today, All Know-How will introduce to you the 9 must-go places for “bookworms” when in Amsterdam.
Compared with other European countries, Dutch is quite peaceful and open a country. The peoples here have a thirst for learning and will never stop acquiring more knowledge for their self-perfection. For this reason, whether in the capital city, Amsterdam or any Dutch young and robust cities, finding a bookstore on the street to satisfy your appetite for reading is a breeze. Think of the cafes in Paris, and the bookshops in Amsterdam are just as ubiquitous.
AMERICAN BOOK CENTER
Being one of the most reputable bookshops in Amsterdam, American Book Center lies at the heart of the city, right at the square where various three-story bookstores filled with English books unite. There, any rare books can be found but not elsewhere. In addition to countless classic books and stories, American Book Center also offers magazines, art publications, sci-fi books, new contemporary stories, and the latest tourism handbooks. As a matter of fact, it can take your whole day to immerse yourself in this bookstore.
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Architecture & Natura
Architecture & Natura mainly sells architecture books and landscape photography books, the vast majority of which are in the English language. Intriguingly, the bookshop has a long-lasting history of 75 years of existence and development and has become a well-known place even in entire Europe, considering architecture books alone.
Situated at the Spui Square which is also dubbed “Book street”, Athenaeum is a huge archive of magazines from all corners of the world and also a sci-fi book archive of careful selection and good quality.
BOEKHANDEL HET MARTYRIUM
The shop acquires a reputation for its literature books as well as novels written in English, French, German and of course, Dutch. Also, you can find poems, history books and books of philosophy there. Once in Amsterdam, don’t forget to visit Het Martyrium if you wish to see different versions of your favorite novels in different languages
A super cool bookstore where not only a diversity of books but also various kinds of stationeries, are served. Hence, this is definitely where you can find your book accessories like bookmarks, bags, pens, notebooks, etc. Before you leave, make sure you’ve purchased at least one stuff or two.
Never famous for its books, Minerva is known as a giant international kiosk of magazines. Inside this bookshop, the interior decor is very eye-catching and attracts young book-lovers with its modern style and colorful design.
Established in 1931, this lovely bookstore has a long-standing history with English bookshelves awaiting your discovery. In fact, there are many bookstores of the same chain scattered throughout the city so you can choose one that most suits your route.
BOEKHANDEL VAN PAMPUS
The bookshop serves tea and coffee rather than just books, which makes it something of a friendly and cozy bookstore coffee shop. Honestly speaking, this is very cool a concept since coffee and books make a great combination themselves, isn’t it true?
BOEKHANDEL VAN ROSSUM
Found in 1929, it means that Van Rossum has been doing its business for nearly a century. What makes this bookstore stand out is that the bookshelves feature a unique dome design.
NEW ENGLISH BOOKSTORE
Located on the biggest shopping street in Amsterdam, you will find that many books here are sold at half the price on their covers. The genres are diversified and cover all aspects, ranging from cooking to science fiction, history, mythology, celebrities’ autobiography, and the list goes on and on.