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20 Bookstores In Amsterdam πŸ‡³πŸ‡±

These are 20 of the best bookstores in Amsterdam. The best bookstore is The American Book Center. Here is the list of Amsterdam bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. The American Book Center

"I love coming here to just stroll around and find inspiration from book covers.One of my favorite bookshops in town cause they’ve got it all. Vast collection of books in every category, very organized so it’s not hard to find a book without assistant, helpful staff, good cafe and good discounts.Sometimes I would come for one book but I end up spending more."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 3,688 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands

2. Scheltema

"This is probably the most homey, comfortable, delightful bookstore I have been to for a while! The building is really big, five floors full of books. Despite having mostly Dutch books (because, duh), the English section is huge and well-stocked (they have Happy Place by Emily Henry on the release date) and they also have books in other languages like French or Spanish. But what I love most about this bookstore is how comfortable I feel in it: there are many sitting places, with ridiculously comfortable armchairs. Not to mention the coffee shop with its excellent drinks. The staff are very helpful and lovely!! I would come back here if I happen to be in Amsterdam again."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 3,039 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Rokin 9, 1012 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Waterstones

"A magical place. Enormous selection of books of any category and preference. Always something new to find, but don't worry - all the great authors are always there too! It's a real gem on a busy Kalverstraat"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 2,587 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Kalverstraat 152, 1012 XE Amsterdam, Netherlands

4. The Book Exchange

"I happened to pass by this shop and accidentally walked in absolutely not realising it was a bookshop.This is what second hand bookshops should look like. Just tons of books stacked so high you start feeling dizzy. I reckon the building is as old as some of its books.The only thing this place is missing is a cat. It could do with a cat. It is still a great place without one, but a cat would be like a rug that ties the room together."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 715 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Kloveniersburgwal 58, 1012 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Athenaeum Boekhandel Spui En Nieuwscentrum

"I would buy the whole shop! Such an inspirational place, full of breathtaking magazines."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 664 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Spui 14-16, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands

6. New English Bookstore

"A large and spacious store.A very large selection of books of all genres, including new, popular and recommended books.Kind and helpful staff.An experience for lovers of books and bookstores.I love the stand with the books wrapped in brown paper "blind date with a book""

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 563 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Kalverstraat 223, 1012 XC Amsterdam, Netherlands

7. Hoogstins Bookstore

"This is a nice store on the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam Oud-West. It is a large, open, bright store with books, many gifts, calendars, and fun items, also nice bags. My favorite thing here is their large selection of wallets. They feature a very popular Dutch brand of wallets, in many colors and styles.They wrapped gifts for free around Christmas time, which was really nice. Friendly staff with many books in English as well."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 259 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Kinkerstraat 117, 1053 DL Amsterdam, Netherlands

8. Linnaeus Bookstore

"Really nice bookstore, I always go here. The amount of english books could maybe be a little amped up in my opinion"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 251 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Middenweg 29, 1098 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands

9. Bookstore Jimmink

"I just had one of those nice experiences that make your day. The place is beautiful and the man working there was absolutely lovely. Super friendly, nice and kind. He even recommended me a place to visit in Berlin and asked me to tell him about it via email πŸ˜…I also loved how they packed the book."

  • ⭐️ 4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 212 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Rooseveltlaan 62, 1078 NL Amsterdam, Netherlands

10. Bookstore Martyrium

"I stopped here on the way back to my apartment and wanted to buy my 1 year old daughter a book! The staff here were super helpful and friendly as I only speak English they made my experience here very pleasant."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 134 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Van Baerlestraat 170-172, 1071 BH Amsterdam, Netherlands

11. Van Rossum Bookstore

"The loveliest bookstore in town. Staff is something else, very accommodating and just all round great people - with good book recommendations too! Van Rossum holds a special place in my heart not only because of the ambience, but I also met my husband there :) definitely recommend to check it out!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 103 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ Beethovenstraat 32, 1077 JH Amsterdam, Netherlands

12. Java Bookshop

"Books ordered were in after 2 days.The nicest people.Great neighbourhood store and a pleasant place to be.Children books are a specialty but a great choice of other subjects as well as postcards and newspapers.The right ones.πŸ˜‰ Highly recommended, near the Javaplein #14 tramstop.Take your kids, it a child friendly neighborhood and especially this shop."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 103 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ Javastraat 145, 1094 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands

13. Le Temps RetrouvΓ©

"Great selection of French books in the heart of Amsterdam."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 80 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Keizersgracht 529, 1017 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

14. Amsterdam Book Market

"Tiny Friday Book Market is one of the must visit places in Amsterdam.The most interesting there are... People)) Those who sell and those who buy. There's only some stalls, twelve at most, but each of them unique. All sellers are quite picturesque and they can tell you about their books or other goods for hours. I came across today and spent 40 minutes just looking through this and that, listening to some books history. Most books in Dutch, but a lot ones in English and other languages. So if you love reading and books, it's your place for sure. Prices are different, but mostly affordable. And location is perfect."

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • πŸ“° 69 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Spui, 1012 WX Amsterdam, Netherlands

15. Pantheon Bookstore

"Nice bookstore. Lots of travel books on 2nd floor."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 67 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Sint Antoniesbreestraat 134, 1011 HB Amsterdam, Netherlands

16. Island Bookstore

"I’m an illustrator so during my trip to Amsterdam, I was looking for children’s books to bring back home that were culturally important to Amsterdam / Netherlands. The staff was so unbelievable helpful and knowledgeable. The book they recommended wasn’t in stock but they ordered it for me and I got it a day or 2 later. I absolutely loved the books they recommended and they are part of my treasured collection now. I really can’t wait to be able to visit again, and go trough all the beautiful books they have!"

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 64 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Westerstraat 15, 1015 LT Amsterdam, Netherlands

17. Happy Bookieman

"This place is an EXPERIENCE. One that I will treasure forever. Such an interesting place with really cool selections. Plenty of English. I got some books from the 1800s. I could’ve stayed there all day, owner is friendly and eccentric and gives you coffee while you look. Make this a destination."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • πŸ“° 59 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Herengracht 267A, 1016 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

18. San Serriffe

"lovely bookstore, staff is friendly and helpful"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 56 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Sint Annenstraat 30, 1012 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands

19. Black And White Bookstore

"Fantastic store with a terrific range of books.The people who work at Zwart op Wit are all big readers whom you can ask for advice anytime! Their expertises range from the classics to the newest Booktok bestsellers. Moreover, this store's section of English literature is pretty extensive, as is its array of magazines, children's literature, art books and gift cards.I haven't yet mentioned the store itself. Feast your eyes on the colorful 80s shop exterior and the cozy display of books inside. It's lovely to just walk in and have a look around."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • πŸ“° 49 Reviews
  • πŸ“ Utrechtsestraat 149, 1017 VM Amsterdam, Netherlands

20. Bookstore Van Pampus

"This is a small but very cozy bookstore. The enthusiastic shopkeeper will help u to find your favorite book. Much less you can enjoy the reading with a nice cup of coffee."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • πŸ“° 49 Reviews
  • πŸ† Independent Bookstore
  • πŸ“ C. van Eesterenlaan 17, 1019 JK Amsterdam, Netherlands