Finding your next favourite book is always a challenge. And St Petersburg makes the challenge even harder with so many different bookshops to choose from! St Petersburg locals are keen on their language and literature, and the city is not short of literary events and bookshops that host them. Here are some of the best bookshops in the city and where to find them. Many are open from morning till late, so book-hunting can be a relaxing pastime any time of the day.
Dom Knigi is a well-known Russian bookstore for its impressive selection of literature from all genres, giving it the name ‘House of Books’. The store is housed in an Art Nouveau building that once belonged to the Singer Manufacturing Company. Two floors of the building are occupied with all sorts of literature. On the top floor, there is a café with a spectacular view onto Nevsky Avenue. Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 to 24:00.
Dom Knigi, Nevsky Avenue 28, St. Petersburg, Russia, +7 812 448 2355
The Poryadok Slov book shop, translated as ‘Word Order’, is one of the major independent bookstores in the city. You’ll find a large selection of books here, often stacked on top of each other in the middle of the hall. The shop also serves as an event spot for meetings with writers, journalists, philosophers and other members of the St Petersburg literati. Open: Monday to Saturday 11:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-22:00
It’s hard to know whether visitors come here for the excellent coffee or for the brilliant range of books. Both work very well to make up a convenient spot to pick a book and read it on the spot. There’s also a whole range of events to watch out for, happening on a regular basis. Maybe not the best option for a quiet read, but definitely a good place to mix with art and book lovers. Open: Monday to Sunday 11:00-23:00
The Twenty-Eigth is one of the few bookstores in St. Petersburg that specialises in selling comic books. The choice of reads are available in both Russian and English, some of which are exclusive specials. In case you are hunting for a particular one, it is also possible to reserve a pre-paid copy and pick it up freshly printed. Open Monday to Sunday 12:00-20:00.
Obvodniy Channel Embankment 60, St. Petersburg, Russia, +7 981 702 0228