1. The American Book Center (ABC), Amsterdam
This was a wonderful spot to peruse an outstanding selection of books! Opened in 1972 ABC has been quirky, friendly and knowledgeable. The ABC is located in the heart of the city center and offers 3 floors full of English books.
- Opening Hours: Mon 12:00 – 20:00,Tue-Sat 10:00 – 20:00,Sun 11:00 – 18:30.
AKO is one of the best bookstores. The store can find a selection of page-turning bestsellers, travel guides, magazines, and newspapers – many of which are available in English and other languages. Check out their website if you need a particular address.
3. Athenaeum Boekhandel
This store is one of Holland’s and Amsterdam’s largest independent bookstores. Not only do they have a large stock in the literary field, but also in various academic fields, such as (classical and modern) languages, the humanities and the social sciences. About 40% of our stock is imported.
- Opening Hours: Mon 11:00 – 19:00,Tue-Sat 9:30 – 19:00, Sun 12:00 – 17:30
4. Boekhandel De Dolfijn
In 1981, Jan Westerman and Marijke Boon started a small bookshop in the De Clercqstraat, after which they moved to the Haarlemmerdijk in 1997. In this store you can find psychology, philosophy, health, human sciences, history and etc. the bookstore also a friendly bookstore with playing zone for kids.
- Opening Hours: Mon 11:00 – 18:00, Tue-Fri 9:30 – 18:00, Sat 9:30 – 17:30, Sun 12:00 – 17:00
5. Architectura & Natura
During more than 60 years of existence, Architectura & Natura bookstores were recognized as one of the best in their field in Europe. A bookstore in Amsterdam just specializing in architecture, landscape architecture (including gardens), and natural history.
Scheltema is one of the biggest bookshops in Europe and one of the oldest in the Netherlands (est. 1853). Then move to Amsterdam in 2015. Specialised in science and educational publications. Scheltema has also a good international magazines
7. Boekenmarkt op Het Spui
Every Friday looking for great opportunities? Well, you can visit Boekenmarkt op Het Spui. Every Friday all kind of books are to be found at the Spui Book market in Amsterdam. A small but attractive book market in the very center of the town. In here you can find classics of the English Literature and also rare 200-year old tomes in French, English and even Hebrew, you may find the list of them on the book market website: www.deboekenmarktophetspui.nl