5 wonderful independent bookstores in Berlin

1) Ocelot

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.

oak-panneled bookstore Ocelot in Berlin

Brunnenstrasse 181, Mitte

+49 (0)30 9789 4592


2) Zabriskie

This super cute and charming bookstore specialises in international books on nature and culture and everything below the mainstream radar, like books on counterculture or drugs, but also very high-quality children’s books. They serve damn good coffee as well. A real hidden gem in a lovely, quiet neighbourhood.

shop interior of Zabriskie book store in Berlin

Reichenberger Strasse 150, Kreuzberg

+49 (0)30 6956 6714


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3) Another Country

A very unique English bookstore you’ll probably remember forever. Some of the books are for sale, some for rent. Shopkeeper 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.

Berlin - Another Country

4) Bücherbogen Am Savignyplatz

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.

Berlin - Bücherbogen Am Savignyplatz

Stadtbahnbogen 593, Charlottenburg

+49 (0)30 3186 9511


5) Curious Fox

You can find new and used books in this English bookshop that recently moved from Neukölln to Kreuzberg. An independent and unique bookstore that has a really good eye for local talent as well. They also organise readings and other super nice activities for reading addicts: check their website!

The check out counter at Curious Fox bookshop in Berlin

Lausitzer Platz 17


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