Moscow has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to its bookshop scene. The bookshops are more than shops – they are little community centres where people gather for lectures and discussions. Even if you don’t speak Russian yet, the booksellers of Moscow will have something to offer you, from literature in English to meetings with international authors. Here are the top seven bookstores in Moscow that you need to see.
Respublika is a chain of high-end bookshops that don’t carry as much as Biblio-Globus or Moscow House of Books. They specialise in all kinds of albums, contemporary literature and guidebooks. They also carry a very wide selection of witty designer gadgets, including funny cushions, book holders and stationery, to name a few. Every Respublika is also just a lovely place to hang out in, so if you’re wandering around the city and need a short, pleasant break, this bookshop is the place to go.
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The publishing house of the same name opened Molodaya Gvardya in 1974. It is particularly well known for its excellent selection of textbooks and its section on early childhood development. It carries more than 80,000 titles though, so just about any book aficionado will find something here. The bookshop sits in Zamoskvoreche, one of the more scenic parts of Moscow, so it makes for a perfect pit stop on a beautiful winter walk.
Molodaya Gvardya, Bolshaya Polyanka 28, Moscow, Russia, +7 499 238-38-38
Chitai-Gorod is a chain of bookshops spread around the entire city. It offers a decent selection of titles (some of them in English) and an excellent choice of stationery. A Chitai-Gorod is a good place to acquire reading material before catching your flight – that way you can avoid airport prices.
While Russkaya Derevnya is a small, specialised bookshop, it is nonetheless worth visiting. They carry rare titles published in provincial Russia. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir or if you need an academic publication for your Russia-related research, Russkaya Derevnya is where you should go.
Russkaya Derevnya, Glinishchevskiy Pereulok 6, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 650-60-31