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Tampere’s cultural scene consists of more than just the quirky museums and unusual art galleries. Its independent bookstores are just as unique with their own local colour, thanks to the large population, masses of university students, and businesses based in the city. These are some of the top indie bookstores in Tampere to find books on any subject:
Galleria Rajatila is a non-profit art gallery which not only showcases work by the up-and-coming artists of Tampere, but also sells self-published collections of their works in the shop, Laita Puoti. It helps these artists to gain more exposure and revenue from their work and get their careers started. The store also sells a range of other printed material including postcards, comics, and poetry books from Tampere’s indie creators.
Laita Puoti, Galleria Rajatila, Hämeenpuisto 10, 33210, Tampere, Finland, +358 (0)41 523 2992
Finland’s largest independent comic store sells every type of comic from popular Finnish weeklies to Japanese manga. Books, albums, CDs, and DVDs can also be found in the store. Makedonia claims to have the largest and best selection of fantasy and sci-fi books in Finland. You can order many rare and out-of-print titles at this store or just browse the shelves for the latest releases.
Makedonia, Verkatehtaankatu 11, 33100, Tampere, Finland, +358 (0)3212 1447
Lovers of old books will feel right at home in this rare bookstore. On the packed displays you will find everything from old Donald Duck comics to classic Finnish literature, as well as rare magazines and records. Even if you can’t read Finnish, just browsing the shelves and taking in the atmosphere is pleasing for book lovers or antique collectors.
Antique store Ensipainos, Hämeenpuisto 17-19, 33210, Tampere, Finland, +358 (0)3214 7995
The official bookstore of one of Finland’s oldest and most prominent literary societies keeps up the organisation’s work by providing a range of Finnish literature in multiple languages and genres. The shop is the heart of the literary scene, not only in Tampere but for much of Finland, hosting book launches, poetry readings, and a small authors’ museum containing mementos of famous Finnish authors. Local poets and intellectuals like to hang out at the store to drink coffee, spend hours reading, and get deep into discussions.
Tulenkantajat Bookstore, Hämeenpuisto 25, 33210, Tampere, Finland, +358 45 348 9688
Tieto is run by a local building information group, and sells a large selection of books related to architecture and construction. There are sections in store for fiction, arts, and other non-fiction topics, too. It also has an art gallery of the same name in the building. If you are a fan of either architecture or the arts, you’re sure to find something you like in this unusual and interesting store.
Tieto bookstore, Hallituskatu 9, Tampere, Finland, 020 747 6497