5 wonderful independent bookstores Berlin

Ocelot

Brunnenstrasse 181

Mitte

+49 (0)30 9789 4592

www.ocelot.de

This beautiful, oak panelled bookstore is connected with the library of Berlin's Mitte-district. There's a carefully curated selection of fiction and non-fiction, children's books, and arty magazines. The English selection is small but you won't mind when you know there's an in-store coffee bar where it's totally okay to sip coffee and eat cake (made by Wunderkuchen) while reading.

 

Poor & Literate

Kopenhagener Strasse 77

Prenzlauer Berg

+49 (0)30 4403 9520

www.poorandliterate.com

Difficult to say if this bar, a bookstore, a film club or a gallery, but what we can say is that we like it here. The focus is on literature (if possible queer and feminist), whisky and art. Next time you go to Prenzl'berg, try the Scottish single malt with Virginia Woolf. Open from Thursday until Sunday.

 

Another country

Riemannstrasse 7

Kreuzberg

+49 (0)30 6940 1160

www.anothercountry.de

A very unique English bookstore you'll probably remember forever. Some of the books are for sale, some for rent. Shopkeepr Sophia has probably read them all. She also hosts readings and writing workshops, often in cooperation with The Reader Berlin. In the basement you'll find a wide selection of science fiction and fantasy novels.

Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz

Stadtbahnbogen 593

Charlottenburg

+49 (0)30 3186 9511

www.buecherbogen-shop.de

This big art bookstore (with a huge English section) is located straight under the overground railway in the middle of the pleasant Savignyplatz. The focus is on art, design, fashion and photography and there's a unique collection of art exhibition catalogues from 1945 on. The store won the Deutscher Buchhandlungspreis (German bookstore Price) in 2015. They also host film evenings, readings and expositions.

Raum B

Wildenbruchstrasse 4

Neukölnn

+49 (0)30 9562 8082

www.raumb-berlin.com

If you were looking for French, German and English secondhand books in Berlin, you've come to the right place. The big window of this small shop attracts a multi-culti Neukölln crowd. You'll like the vintage style interior and the in-store coffee shop. They also organise expositions and workshops.

 

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