Berlin is a cultural metropolis bursting with energy, parties and plenty of events. However, sometimes the best weekends are spent curled up in one of the city’s cosy cafes, unwinding with a great book. Here are eight great bookshops in the city, to sate your inner bibliophile and search out your next read.
Located on Auguestraße, Mitte, in the midst of Berlin’s independent galleries, Do you read me?! is not your average bookstore. Offering a range of magazines and reading from around the world, this store is your one-stop cultural shop.
Do you read me?!, Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin, Germany +49 30 69549695
Named after the legendary boat in Herman Melville‘s classic, Pequod is a small, multilingual bookstore with an extensive range of books. The store’s owner, Alvaro, has collected books from over 25 languages and sells these second-hand gems at a reasonable price.
Pequod Books, Selchower Str. 33, Berlin, Germany +49 1525 5130374
Good coffee, books and bagels might be the best combination ever, and it’s everything you’ll get at this cosy Friedrichshain cafe and bookstore. Shakespeare and Sons offers an ample selection of English books, ranging from classics to poetry and new-releases.
Located under the S-Bahn at Savignyplatz, the arching, unique interior of Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz alone makes it worth a visit. It also offers a wide-ranging selection of books, including a number of great reads on film, architecture and photography.
Bücherbogen, Stadtbahnbogen 593, Berlin, Germany +49 30 31869511
Karl Marx Buchhandlung: a literary salon meets bookstore in the über-hip neighbourhood Friedrichshain. German-speakers will best be served here with a huge range of literary events, second-hand steals and new books on offer.
Salon Karl-Marx-Buchhandlung, Karl-Marx-Allee 78, Berlin, Germany +49 30 297778925
Berliner Büchertisch is the second-hand bookshop that buys and sells a variety of previously owned books. Centrally located in Kreuzberg, the store also holds literary events and has an online store, making it a great place to pick up a well-priced read.
Berliner Büchertisch, Gneisenaustraße 7a, Berlin, Germany +49 30 37443933
Ocelot bares the title of ‘not just another bookstore,’ next to its name, and they certainly live up to it. Here, their carefully selected range of over 2 million titles is curated to help people discover their love for the written word, whether it’s on, or offline.
Ocelot, Brunnenstraße 181, Berlin, Germany +49 30 97894592