Dresden is a place of culture, and the city doesn’t stop at fine art galleries, jewel treasures and music. Scattered across the city, you’ll fine small, independently run bookshops that invite you in for a browse and a cup of coffee. Here’s a list of the places that offer a hand-selected collection of all-time classics and the latest page-turners.
You’ll find Büchers Best in the Kunsthofpassage complex at the heart of Dresden’s trendiest quarter, Äußere Neustadt. The cosy bookshop has a living room feel to it, which may be partly due to the Burmese cat called Myamoto Musashi that calls the shop home. As the name suggests, you’ll find the best of literature piled up on the shelves whether you’re looking to buy romance novels, sci-fi books, thrillers or poetry. And while you’re trying to decide, teas and coffees are on the house.
Büchers Best, Louisenstraße 37, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3518 0150 87
Reisebuchladen is what travellers, nomads, holiday-enthusiasts, road trippers and lovers of foreign lands and cultures need. Countless guidebooks for both backpackers and affluent travellers, maps, niche publications on hiking, trekking and cycling, travel novels and more will ignite your wanderlust and give some inspiration for your next trip.
Der Reisebuchladen, Louisenstraße 38, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3518 9965 60
LesensArt is for genuine fans of literature. Critically acclaimed works of international writers are lined up on the shelves next to poetry and prose. Publications in the fields of art, philosophy, music and culture also find room, but the antiquarian collection claims the most space. You could spend hours delving into the books – and you’re encouraged to do so – the staff might even pass you a tea or coffee to make your stay more enjoyable.
LesensArt, Lannerstraße 5, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3514 7259 39
For the past 15 years, LeseLust has been ranked as the address for erotic literature and photography. Fans can browse the vast selection of novels, illustrated books and calendars and engage in conversations over a glass of wine on the sofas or, in the summer months, on the roof terrace. Though erotic literature is their strong point, you’ll also find standard classics, recent publications and audiobooks on the shelves.
Buchhandlung Leselust, Louisenstraße 24, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3514 0450 46
Buchlese 29 is far off the mainstream path. The small bookstore in Dresden Löbtau is all about the love of literature. Shop owner Steffi Peschel puts a lot of effort in creating a cosy atmosphere and hand-selects the books ranging from the latest fiction and non-fiction publications to children’s books.
Buchlese 29, Reisewitzer Straße 29, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3514 02929 29
Pusteblume has specialised in literature for women and children and has hit a nerve. The shelves are filled with children’s books, fiction literature and how-to books on parenting and education. A play area keeps the kids busy while their mums browse the selection over a cup of coffee.
Buchhandlung Pusteblume, Pulsnitzer Straße 1, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3518 0278 80
The BuchHaus Loschwitz bookshop opened its doors back in 1995 and since then has brought mostly fiction, art books and literature revolving around Saxony to locals. Regular events play an equally important role. The team organises lectures, film screenings, art exhibitions and panel discussions with novelists in the building next door.
BuchHaus Loschwitz, Friedrich-Wieck-Straße 6, Dresden, Germany, +49 (0) 3512 6852 75