Mitte's Best Bookshops For Presents To Wow Your Friends

Photo of Fee Gross
4 January 2017

Gift-giving is an art, no doubt. But when you’re tasked with finding a gift for a tricky friend, inspiration can run a little short. A book as a present might sound a little bit boring; but these bookshops in Berlin’s Mitte have publications that will prove you wrong. They all have fantastic selections of well-known and not-so-well-known books, magazines and beautiful coffee table publications. Also, all shops have an inviting and cozy atmosphere and some of them even have an extravagant interior design and a coffee shop to relax and read in. They are definitely worth visiting, even if you are not looking for a special present but something to spoil yourself with.


Bookstore, Shop
The Colorful Library of an Interaction Designer (Juhan Sonin)
The Colorful Library of an Interaction Designer (Juhan Sonin) | © See-ming Lee/Flickr
This Mitte-based bookshop is an interior design masterpiece and has an outstanding selection of national and international magazines and coffee table books, ideal for fashion fiends and art or film buffs. The selection covers the subjects of art, design, interior design, travel and culture. All books are presented cover-to-front, giving the shop a distinct feeling of a gallery. Find fancy hardbacks, smart travel guides and cute trinkets here.

Do you read me?!

Another gem of Mitte is the ‘Do you read me?!’ bookshop. Just like Soda., this store has an all-black interior design and also seems like an art gallery. They offer a very well-chosen selection of international contemporary magazines and reading material from 20 different countries. The selection covers topics raging from art, photography, design, fashion, architecture, culture, literature and music.


Cafe, Coffee Shop, Contemporary, Healthy, Coffee, $$$

Westberlin just opened its doors this year. It is not only a media shop with great publications, but it’s also a café. You can browse through the magazines and enjoy a coffee or snack while reading your newly-bought read, which provides a little bit of respite from hectic Mitte buzzing outside. Westberlin is located at busy Friedrichstrasse, close to Checkpoint Charlie, and is also a great hideaway after a stressful shopping day.

Gestalten Space

Located in the beautiful area of Hackescher Markt in Mitte is this great bookshop. They do not only sell publications, but also a selection of the finest design products, and many of them have been created by the designers and artists form the publications sold in the store. They also have special events where they showcase new books and offer graphic design and typography workshops, which can also be a cool Christmas present.

Gestalten Space, Sophienstrasse 21, Berlin, Germany, +49 302 021 5821

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