I know we all love to order stuff online. It’s convenient, fast, and often shipping isn’t that expensive either. But there is just something so special about going to a book store and wander between the stacks for hours. Maybe picking up a book here and there, and if you’re lucky, settling down in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee or tea. I think we all have our favorite stores to go to, so here is a list of my personal favs!
Lattes and Literature – Breda, the Netherlands
I have to start with my original local favorite from when I still lived in the Netherlands. This book store was the only one that had a large selection of English books within miles. They always had a bunch in stock and the prices were very fair. They got all their books from the UK, so I have a lot of UK editions of books that I bought there. Another fun thing about this shop is that they sell a LOT of boardgames. They always carried special editions that regular shops simply didn’t have.
The name already gives it away, but they also had a little cafe! They served anything coffee and tea related, and also carried small snacks likes pastries. It’s the perfect place to sit down with a new book and have a cup of tea!
Waterstones – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Waterstones is a well-known store of course, but I love going there whenever I’m in Amsterdam. Which honestly isn’t that often, even when I still lived in the Netherlands. The building it’s located in is simply beautiful; a large, white stone corner building with a cute little tower. Again, a lot of regular book stores in the Netherlands only have a tiny selection of English books, and even then they usually don’t cary what I want at all. Stores like Waterstones make my life as an English-reader a lot easier.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe – Washington DC, USA
If you’re ever in the DC area, visiting this book store is simply a must. Located close to Dupont Circle, which is already an exciting neighborhood, this book store has everything you’d want. There are always people bustling around, and they have a very large selection of books. This store also comes with a cafe, where I’ve had many a lunch with friends. It’s also open until super late (3am on the weekends!!), and they even have a little bar area where they serve beer and play music the whole evening through.
Barnes & Noble – Seven Corners Falls Church, USA
Okay, okay; I know Barnes & Noble is a huge corporation in the United States, but this particular store still holds a special place in my heart. My first memories of Barnes & Noble are from when I lived in Arizona, in 2001…. I only first got the chance to visit again in 2013, and an entire world opened before me. So. Many. BOOKS. And when we moved to the US again in 2015, I was delighted that there was a Barnes & Noble only 10 minutes away.
Now the reason this store is special to me, is because by now 75% of my books have come from that store. The personal there has always been so helpful, and they’ve never recommended me anything I ended up not liking. Going there was always fun, and I still try to go every now and then, even though I moved a little further away by now.