Prague 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.
Pštrossova 1925/6, Praha 1-Nové Město, Czechia, +420 224 934 203
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.
U Lužického semináře 91/10, Malá Strana-Praha 1, Czechia, +420 257 531 894
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.
Fričova 863/11, Praha 2-Vinohrady, Czechia, +420 257 222 257
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.
Osadní 34, Praha 7, Czechia, +420 775 179 373
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.
Opatovická 154/26, Praha 1-Nové Město, Czechia, +420 224 934 219
Dneska jsem byla opět navštívit svůj oblíbený antík. Když jsem vcházela tak mě pan prodavač pozdravil milým hlasem jako vždycky. Tentokrát se mě ale hnedka optal co se stalo, že mám oči zalité slzami. Zeptala jsem se ho, jestli má něco na zlomené srdce. On mi na to odpověděl: "Kupte si radši čokoládu slečno, s knížkami se mi utopíte v žalu".