The American Book Center

Spui 12,

Books only in English, large gay and lesbian section.

Vrolijk (means gay/happy in Dutch)

Paleisstraat 135

Well stocked gay and lesbian bookstore, next to our Queen’s Amsterdam residence.

Atheneum Boekhandel

Spui 14-16

Big and famous Dutch bookstore, also books in English, French and German. Has a rich assortment of international magazines and newspapers.


Boekhandel Perdu

Kloveniersburgwal 86,

Sells poetry only.


Rokin 9,

A big bookstore, risen from the ashes after bankruptcy. Reasonably large English department.

International Theater & Film Books

Leidseplein 26,

Theatre-, film-, opera-, and dancebooks.It’s conveniently situated in the Cafe-Restaurant Stanislavski at the front of Amsterdam’s city theater.

Pied a Terre Travel bookshop

Overtoom 135-137 ,

Got lost? Here you can find maps and travel guides for all over the world.

Xantippe Unlimited Boekhandel

Prinsengracht 290

Special interest for women.

Boekie Woekie, books by artists

Berenstraat 16

The funniest bookshop in town; books are almost exclusively self published by artists or small press books. An exhibition space is part of the shop.

The bookshop-owners attended recently the New York Art Book Fair 2012.

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