Saturday, April 2, 2016

My Five Favorite Bookstores

Over the years I’ve visited a lot of bookstores. A trip to the bookstore is like this huge present to me. I always feel amazing and happy when I am strolling through a bookstore. And over the years I’ve definitely visited some bookstores that were just amazing. Not only because they looked great, or had all the books I liked.. but also because they just felt great. Really.. some bookstores just give you this amazing feeling. And I’m going to share the five bookstores I love best with you here today!

(Looking for more information about these bookstores? Just click on the pictures to go to their websites or Facebook pages.)

Waterstones - Amsterdam 

The Waterstones in Amsterdam is my favorite bookstore in the Netherlands. Not only is this the place to go if you want some English books, but it is also located in a beautiful old building in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has four floors, the staff is always very kind and there are all kinds of amazing books to find here. I can never get enough of this store.

Shakespeare & Company -  Paris

I visited the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris in 2013. If you’re a book fan and you are in Paris, you definitely need to go here. It is a beautiful, old and charismatic store with a lot of great books. I just didn’t want to leave this story anymore. There are these little stairs so you can reach every book and it just feels magical there.

Foyles - London

When I first visited London in May 2015 I was amazed by the many bookstores there. I didn’t have the time to visit them all, but I’m going to one day. The bookstore that really stayed with my after that trip was Foyles. This bookstore was just so huge but still had this really comfy feel to it. There were books everywhere, and there were even some nice places to sit for my boyfriend. I loved it there, and browsed the store for at least an hour and a half.

Dominicanen - Maastricht 

I’ve only visited this bookstore two times but it is beautiful. Domincanen is located in an old church in the middle of Maastricht. And it’s just gorgeous. The last time I was there, they had a really nice selection of English books.
But the best thing was definitely the way this store was build, while remaining the integrity of the old church.

Scheltema - Amsterdam

Another bookstore I really love is Scheltema in Amsterdam. It was relocated and remodeled recently and the new store is really amazing. It has a lot of floors filled with new and secondhand books, Dutch and English. And they even have a nice little restaurant inside it, with some very good cake. I love going there with my mom when we are in Amsterdam.

Which bookstores are your favorite?
Have you ever visited one of these bookstores? What did you think?


  1. Thank you for naming our bookstore as your favourite English bookstore in The Netherlands. <3

    1. You're very welcome! It really is a great store. I can't wait to visit it again :D


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