The Best Independent Bookstores in Prague
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is home to many large, impressive chain bookstores—but it’s the independent ones that have the most to offer. From special events to rare books to corners where you can hide with your favorite novel, the Czech Republic capital’s independent bookstores are just waiting to be discovered.
Prague’s largest English language bookstore stocks over 10,000 books, newspapers and magazines. Although you can also find books in Czech, German and French here, Globe
is best known for being the go-to place for English reading material. One of Globe’s best features is its cafe, which often hosts literary talks, quizzes and book presentations. There is also plenty of sitting space throughout the store so you can spend some time perusing. Even better, the bookstore is open till midnight on weekdays and until 1 a.m. on weekends.
Shakespeare and Sons
The largest retailer of used books
in Prague, Shakespeare and Sons
also sells brand new books in both English and French. Located just steps away from Charles Bridge and with a historic cellar reading room underneath, this is the perfect spot to get a cup of coffee, attend an open mic night, or catch a photographic or art exhibition.
Amadito & Friends
Prague’s only independent bookstore dedicated exclusively to children’s literature, Amadito
is the ideal place for kids to discover books. Large rugs with cushions and a corner dedicated to board games and handmade art make this a cozy space for both parents and kids. Pick up a classic, search through bestsellers or have fun with picture books. There are scheduled story time events, as well as puppet shows and other activities throughout the month.
A unique bookstore focusing on design, art and architecture in both Czech and English language, Bendox
itself is a work of art, with white shelves covering the wall which gives the entire space a clean, futuristic look.
One of the largest antique bookstores in Prague, Kant
is famous for its impressive collection of out-of-print, vintage and used books in several languages. This is also the place to visit for everything else paper—from old maps to posters and decorative prints, to old photographs and postcards.