The Best Independent Bookstores in Bucharest

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Georgeta Gheorghe

With plenty of long sunny days and beautiful parks to explore, Bucharest is perfect for outdoor reading sessions. Here are the best bookstores in Bucharest to browse in while looking for your next perfect read.

1. Cărturești Carusel

Bookstore, Library

Perhaps one of the most beautiful bookstores in Europe, Cărturești Carusel is located in a stunning 19th-century building that was recently restored to its former glory. Spread over six floors, it offers 10,000 volumes, as well as great views and coffee on its top floor bistro.

2. Humanitas Cişmigiu


Located on the ground floor of Hotel Cişmigiu, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, this bookstore was designed by a team of architects who collaborated to create a highly original space. From the UFO-shaped chandeliers, to the wall paintings, you’ll find plenty of conversation starters.

3. Kyralina

Bookstore, Library

Lacated in a 19th-century villa, the bookstore Kyralina got its name from a novel by Romanian author Panait Istrati. One of the most charming independent bookstores in Bucharest, it specialises in French and German titles.

5. Antic ExLibris


Started in 1997, this bookstore has sold more than 15 million books. Offering a great variety of titles, it also features a delicious cooking section that is known to keep those passionate about food hooked for hours.

6. Seneca AntiCafe

Bookstore, Library

Offering a new, original format in Romania, Seneca AntiCafe will soon become your favourite bookstore-cum-cafe. Here you pay per hour and get access to thousands of books, computers, tablets, a projector and an amphitheatre. Drinks and snacks, including fresh fruit, are on the house.

7. Librarium

After making a name for itself in cities such as Cluj-Napoca and Timișoara, Librarium – one of the newest additions to the list of Bucharest bookstores – offers a well-curated selection of books and souvenirs.

Librarium, Bulevardul Pierre de Coubertin 3-5, București 021901, Romania

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