The Best Independent Bookstores in Gothenburg, Sweden

Bibliophiles rejoice! Gothenburg has some great bookshops |© ami photography / Flickr
Bibliophiles rejoice! Gothenburg has some great bookshops |© ami photography / Flickr
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17 May 2017

Swedes love to read so much there’s even an annual Swedish book sale, where all bookshops offer great bargains at the same time. This means there are plenty of great bookstores to poke around all over the country—here are the best ones in Gothenburg.

Science Fiction Bokhandeln

With an incredibly knowledgeable staff, SF Bokhandeln is the go-to place for everything sci-fi. While there are plenty of books there are also movies, games, T.V. show sets, and plenty more, all of which are tested by the employees. Perfect for sci-fi lovers or anyone looking for something different.

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SF Bokhandeln fills all your Sci-Fi needs. / Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

The Book Corner

The Book Corner is Gothenburg’s very popular international bookstore, with the city’s largest collection of books in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German, for both kids and grown-ups. The shop also sells textbooks, is happy to order whatever you want, and has a large selection of Swedish books translated into English and other languages.

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Open for more than a decade, Bokskåpet is the perfect place to discover both old and new favorites, as well as gifts. The focus is on children and young adults, although there is a nice little selection of books for grown-ups. They also have a great staff who are happy to offer their personal recommendations.

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Books in a variety of languages | ©jonsson / Flickr

Antikvariat Röde Orm

This secondhand bookshop is something of a legend, not just in Gothenburg, but well beyond. While you’ll find plenty of bestsellers, Röde Orm really shines when it comes to sourcing those hard to find titles that may be out of print or just difficult to get ahold of. The shop is happy to buy books as well, which might be just the ticket as you travel—sell something you’ve already read and pick up something new at the same time.

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Clara Bookstore

When it opened in 2000, Clara Bookstore originally stocked books in a variety of languages, but these days it’s all English all the time. While you’ll find pretty much anything you could dream of here (or ask them to order it if you can’t), the shop specializes in art/design, crime, and classic novels. There is also a nice selection of art posters and postcards.

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Clara Bookstore. Haga Nygatan 3, Gothenburg, Sweden, +46 (0)31 339 1765

Clara's is a local favourite | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons


The focus might be textbooks, but there are plenty of other options here, with books in a variety of languages, such as English, French, German, and Spanish. The selection of classic novels is particularly good so perhaps this is the time to finally read Proust or the Russian greats.

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