Maybe not a coincidence though the name of bookstore VROLIJK means GAY, and this bookstore happens to be the best for gays and lesbians. The shop opened in 1984 and became an unique phenomenon in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe and at least to the world. Very easy to reach next to the Royal Palace at Dam Square.
What to buy: VROLIJKs assortment is indeed unique, including all kind of books from lifestyle to papers, from calendars to postcards, from matches to gay items ...
What to pay: Some Euros up to expensive, great photo books ...
This is a big book store with many different departments----dutch and english books., I found a really cool Alice in Wonderland (dutch version) for my collection....I recommend a visit to any book lovers----
What to buy: anything you like---books galore
What to pay: good price
De Slegte is a well-known and popular Dutch chain of second hand book stores.
They claim to have more than a million books on stock and besides their popular section on the groundfloor (with new surplus books), the second hand section per subject and the studybooks on the upper floors is a visit worth while.
What to buy: Books (and National Geographic Magazines)
What to pay: A few bucks.
The most attractive English language book shop I have seen any where. A real gem with a very well-edited selection. Since 1972. They apparently have one of those 'Espresso book' machines but I did not see it on my visit. They also have an offsite cultural center called the ABC Treehouse that looked interesting.
What to buy: Fiction books, especially.
What to pay: About average
The Oudemanhuispoort was the entrance to the first man and women (seperated) hospital in Amsterdam dating from 1601, situated between the Oudezijds Achterburgwal (RLD area) and the Kloveniersburgwal near the Staalstraat. loopt, dateert ongeveer uit 1601, toen het complex als Oudemannen- en vrouwengasthuis verrees.
In 1786 the passage got its side ports and room which today are in still in use as Amsterdam's best known book stores.
What to buy: Book; English titels too.
This is a very small but excellent book store on the Leidseplein Square, which has many books on Film and Theater. Lots of books about individual stars (I found a great Japanese book on Sean Connery as James Bond) and Directors (found another great book on Director and ex-Monty Pythonite Terry Gilliam). The staff is very pleasant and helpful to non-Dutch speaking folk like me!
The shop is at the far left of the picture-----right near where the #5 tram stops
What to buy: Books on Film and Theater
What to pay: average prices
Frontier specializes in books and magazines/dvds in topics such as alternative medicine, new age, crystals, conspiracies, UFOs and other cool topics---they have a great statue out front and a fun staff to talk to---check it out if they are open when you walk by----
but there are exceptions---
What to buy: books, mags, dvds
What to pay: average
A great spot that is not open much, but worth seeking out if you want kids books---antiques and otherwise----I met the daughter of the owner at the Spui book market on Monday (every monday in the Spui Square during the day) and she said to check out her father's place for children's books---I collect Alice In Wonderland books and found a great pop-up book in Dutch for my collection there----they have plenty of other books so definitely check this place out if it is open when you stroll past!
What to buy: antique books
What to pay: good prices
If you're desperate for English language books while you're in Amsterdam, this is the place to come.
ABC Amsterdam was named the best bookstore in the world by the Irish Independent, and the interior was designed by architect Yaniv Turgeman specifically for the books - I personally loved the book lined staircase!
There are thousands of books, many on special offer price wise, and there's a particularly good fantasy section. I could easily lose hours here... and did!
Second floor of the VOC cafe houses a nautic book store. I had a quick look and I sure gotta come back to have a proper look.
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