Amsterdam has a rich history of bookshops and printing. At the height of golden age in the seventeenth century, there were an estimated four hundred bookshops and roughly a hundred publishers. During this time, about 30 percent of the world’s published books in the seventeenth century came out of Amsterdam.
While these numbers are from a bygone era, there is still remnants of this industry with several notable establishments that continue to uphold the literary legacy. Here are the best bookshops to visit in Amsterdam.
The American Book Center
Athenaeum Bookstore & News Center
The Book Exchange
Other bookstores worth considering
There are several bookstores that could be included in the list. However, apart from the top suggestions, here are a couple of other bookshops that cater to specific interests and make a great addition to your visit.
New English Bookstore
Spui Book Market
If you enjoy browsing through book stalls for books, then consider a visit to the Spui Book Market. While it mainly caters to tourists, there are still a few interesting, vintage books available in Dutch, French, and English. Moreover, there’s a chance of stumbling upon some pretty cool antique maps and inexpensive prints.