Did you know that Berlin is almost nine times bigger than Paris? No wonder there are so many bookstores here. I just started to keep an eye on bookstores because of my Instagram account. If I started with this before, I could have visited way more bookstores. That’s why the list is relatively small but I promise the next city I’ll go to; I’ll explore all the bookstores. Big or small. Hidden or not. I will find them all!
This bookstore was recommended by my writer’s workshop. It’s a small, cozy bookstore in Neuköln, next to Tempelhof. Which is perfect in the summer: you buy a new book and you can enjoy reading in the park. Because I’m living on the complete other side of the city it takes me roughly forty minutes to go there. I once ordered a French book (online) and they were super friendly (and answered in one day!). I couldn’t get the book immediately because I got sick and that was alright for them. I just had to let them know when I could make it and the book would be waiting for me. This is why I’m recommending this one to everyone; it’s a lovely bookstore with lovely people.
Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus
This is the shopping mall for books (and movies and presents and a lot more!). It’s an enormous store with
did I count 3 or 4 three floors. They have an “English bookstore” inside (and a bit of French, Spanish, etc). If you’re looking for a classic, thriller, crime, romance… they have it all. It’s open until 00.00 o’clock which means there’s not only a lot of choice but also a lot of time. The small couches and chairs make it comfortable while you have to wait or just want to read a bit already. To be honest: I do like the amount of books they offer. Don’t get me wrong. However, it’s just a bit too much for me. The interior is black with red and gives a modern, comfortable look. It’s just that I’m, well, biased. I love old bookstores where the floor is creaking, where you’re only surrounded by books, and where it’s small yet cozy.
Belle et Triste
Speaking of creaking floors… this one has it! It’s a small bookstore in Wedding with almost only German. The English section is not that big and it mainly consist of crime/thriller books. I had to get “Three Comrades” and asked if I could order this book in English (yes, I needed to add this because it’s actually in German and my German is not that good). This wasn’t a problem as long as I paid a bit beforehand (like a deposit). One week later and my book arrived, I didn’t expect it to be that fast!
Ocelot, not just another bookstore
This bookstore combines reading with a nice cup of coffee and a delicious cake. The store has a selection of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s book. I just like how it looked inside (unfortunately no creaking floors but there was some wood interior). There is an English section and what I absolutely loved the most; they personalized some of the books. On the cover of some books they wrote a small message who might be interested in reading the book.
As I mentioned before: Berlin is an enormous city. There is a lot more to see than what I just showed you. For example there is “Another country“, “Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz“, “Raum B“, and “Shakespeare and Sons“. I’ve seen Bücherbogen but that was before I started with my quest for bookstores. Now that we’re leaving the city I’m trying to go to as many as I can. But there’s a risk: I buy too many books. You know… it’s always difficult for me to leave a bookstore without buying a book. And because we have to travel and buy furniture for our future apartment, I have to be careful
unfortunately. BUT! I do have a few new books: one for my birthday, one because I dragged my friend to the bookstore at the airport, and one as a leaving present. Which ones? I’ll show them soon on Instagram.
PS the first picture on Instagram is on the Revaler Strasse (close to the art gallery and RAW-Gelände cultural center). Here you find a street full of graffiti, indoor skate park, a flea market, and a
tiny mini disco in a phone booth. Yes, with my friend I did the mini disco and I can tell you: it’s hilarious. I recommend it to everyone, however, I must warn you. The music is loud but so is your singing!