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Literature shops

If you enjoy reading then you should take a look at our listings below. Here we listed a couple of bookstores for you to check out when you are in Amsterdam.

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American Book Center
Since 1972, this vast shop has dealt in English- language books and magazines from the UK and US. Kalverstraat 185, Old Centre: New Side (625 5537). 
Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25.
Open 10am-8pm Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat;  10am-9pm Thur; 11am-6:30pm Sun.
Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum
Where Amsterdam’s high-brow browsers hang out. Athenaeum stocks newspapers from all over the world, as well as a fine choice of magazines, periodicals and books in many languages.
Spui 14-16, Old Centre: New Side (bookshop 622 6248 / news centre 624 2972).
Tram 1, 2, 5.
Open Bookshop 11am-6pm Mon; 9.30am-6pm Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat; 9.30am-9pm Thur; noon-5.30pm Sun.
News centre 8am-8pm Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat; 8am-9pm Thur; 10am-6pm Sun.
Credit AmEx, MC, V.

Book Exchange
The owner of this book lovers’ treasure trove is a shrewd buyer who’ll do trade deals. Choose from a plethora of second-hand English and American titles (mainly paperbacks).
Kloveniersburgwal 58, Old Centre: Old Side (626 6266).
Tram 4, 9, 14 / Metro Nieuwmarkt.
Open 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5.30pm Sat; 11.30am-4pm Sun.
No credit cards.

English Bookshop
Fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and cookbooks. If you’re after reading suggestions, try the proprietor: she knows her stuff.
Lauriergracht 71, the Jordaan (626 4230).
Tram 7, 10, 17.
Open 11-6:30pm Tue-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun.
No credit cards.

Thousands of books, magazines and videos, all in English. The children’s section is delightful.
Kalverstraat 152, Old Centre: New Side (638 3821)
Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25.
Open 11am-6pm Mon, Sun; 9am-6pm Tue, Wed; 9am-9pm Thur; 9am-7pm Fri; 10am-7pm Sat.
Credit AmEx, MC, V.

Himalaya Bookstore Tea-House
Big range of new literature in Dutch and English, in the back you'll find a nice tea-house offering food as well.
Warmoesstraat 56, Red Light District/Dam (626 0899)
Open: Mon 12-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5.30pm

Dealing in language books, CDs and teaching aids, Intertaal will be of use to all learners, whether grappling with basic Dutch or advancing their English.
Van Baerlestraat 76, Museum Quarter (575 6756 /).
Tram 3, 5, 12, 16.
Open 1pm-6pm Mon; 10am-6pm Tue-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat.
Credit AmEx, MC, V.

Lambiek, founded in 1968, claims to be the world’s oldest comic shop and has thousands of books from around the world; its on-site cartoonists’ gallery hosts exhibitions every two months. During renovation (till late 2004) the stock moves to nearby No.119.
Kerkstraat 78, Southern Canal Belt (626 7543 /
Tram 1, 2, 5.
Open 11am-6pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat; 1-5pm Sun.
Credit AmEx, MC, V.

Travel books, international guides and maps for active holidays. Adventurous walkers should talk to the helpful staff here before a trip out of town.
Singel 393, Old Centre: New Side (627 4455).
Tram 1, 2, 5.
Open 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat. Apr-Aug 10am-9pm Thur.
No credit cards.

Architectura & Natura
The stock here, much in English, includes books on architectural history, plant life, gardens and animal studies. Leliegracht 22 is also home to Antiquariaat Opbouw, which deals in antiquarian books on architecture and associated topics.
Leliegracht 22, Western Canal Belt (623 6186).
Tram 13, 14, 17.
Open noon-6pm Mon; 9am-6pm Tue, Sat; 9am-6.30pm Wed, Thur, Fri. Credit AmEx, MC, V.

Au Bout du Monde
Au Bout du Monde specialises in Eastern philosophy and religion, and stocks a daunting selection of titles on subjects ranging from psychology to sexuality. There are also magazines, plus related paraphernalia such as incense, cards and videos.
Singel 313, Western Canal Belt (625 1397).
Tram 1, 2, 5.
Open 1-6pm Mon; 10am-6pm Tue-Sat.
Credit MC, V.

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