6 of the Best Independent Bookstores in Berlin
Every season is the season for reading a good book. Be whisked away into a world of fantasy and fiction, or delve into art, history, and science. Luckily for bibliophiles, Berlin in teeming with amazing independent bookshops waiting to be discovered.
This cosy bookstore in Friedrichshain offers patrons the winning combination of books, bagels, and coffee. Book lovers can enjoy reading their new title while enjoying a mouthwatering bagel that comes with a variety of toppings. The store sells books in both English and French, covering a diverse range of genres and beautiful old and new titles.
This unassuming little bookstore off a quiet street in Kreuzberg is full of wonder, love, and charm, and you will be instantly inspired as you enter by the beautiful covers in view. The store focuses on nature and culture, collected from international authors. They can also order any German or English books for you, and with each order you can be sure you are supporting local retail. They are closed on Mondays.
For all the book lovers from abroad who moved to Berlin and had to leave the weight of their books behind, never fear; this little gem of a shop sells the largest selection of new and used English books in all of Neukölln. Keep an eye out for their bargain offers and three for two book specials on some amazing titles. Customers can also order German language books, and they also host events like poetry readings and quiz nights. This bookstore, which only opened a few years ago, is definitely an asset to the street!
Besides the fantastic titles and customer service, one of the dreamiest things about this bookstore is the outside benches they’ve made out of old books. Located on a hip street in Kreuzberg, this bookstore prides itself in being a kind of platform for the diverse activities taking place in the Kiez (neighborhood), selling many products from the surrounding artists’ workshops. They have a large English and German selection, and give a home to even the most unusual of titles, as well as having an Antiquariat.
This must be one of the most uniquely located bookstores in Berlin. Founded in 1980 as a specialized bookshop for architecture, art, design and photography, the bookstore is set in an exceptional arch at Savignyplatz under the S-Bahn, in the west of Berlin. Their collection is extensive, and the atmosphere is incredible and if you’re really lucky, you might just be there at the same time as a well-known photographer or author who can sign your book.
PRO QM offers literature around topics of urban development, politics, contemporary culture, economic critique, architecture, arts, and design. Many of their titles are also English-friendly, and book lovers and browsers can get lost in time while discovering some exciting rarities and an extensive collection of magazines.
Pro QM Almstadtstraße 48, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 24728520