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Hello! We are Sonja and Ivan. And this is our Bookstore Guide - an amateur guide to book shopping throughout Europe. We hope this Guide will help you find the book(stores) you are looking for.

Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki


Helsinki, Finland

Visited in August 2015

The Arkadia International Bookshop was founded in 2008 by Ian and Liisa Bourgeot. We had a chance to visit the bookstore in the summer of 2015 and it was obvious that during its 7 years of existence Arkadia has become a stable and appreciated part of the local neighborhood and community. The word "international" in its name is not there just to impress. The vast majority of the books Arkadia stocks is in English, but there are also well-stocked sections with titles in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Swedish. Considering the costs of living in Helsinki, we were also very pleasantly surprised by the prices of the books.

The premises of the bookstore are a perfect fit. The main room on the ground floor has a spatious and inviting atmosphere. However, as every proper secondhand bookstore, Arkadia also has its mysterious hidden part. After descending downstairs, you can lose yourselves in a bookish den of interconnected rooms all lined with overflowing shelves. We were so enchanted by this bookstore that we also decided to talk to its owners, so don't miss this short interview.

Arkadia also hosts a wide range of other interesting events making full use of its wonderful premises, such as concerts, discussions, readings, exhibitions, and more.

arkadia bookshop helsinki front
arkadia bookshop helsinki reading roomArkadia International Bookshop
Nervanderinkatu 11
00100 Helsinki

Website: www.arkadiabookshop.fi

Phone and Email:
+358 40 5327296

Working Hours:
Tue–Fri 12–19
Sat 10–18

Curious Fox, Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Recommended by:

Curious Fox was founded by Orla and David, both originally from Ireland. Besides their passion for books they also appreciate a decent cup of tea. Curious Fox was opened in November 2013 and it has found its perfect home in the Flughafenstrasse of Berlin Neukölln. In its rather short existence it has already managed to establish itself not just for its literary taste but also as an evening hangout spot for all sorts of literary aficionados. Their most popular evening event is a poetry reading session entitled “Isn't Everything Poetry?” which features readings by guest poets as well as an open mic section open to any aspiring poet who shows up. They also organize regular quiz nights, or a bring-your-own vinyl evening called “Guinness, Books & Records”.

The stock consists of new and used books in English, they also carry stationery and book related accessories. The offer is not specialized in any particular genre or subject and its variety should satisfy avid bestseller readers as well as those looking for hard to get and lesser known bookish gems. And if your browsing takes a while, you can also enjoy a mug of freshly ground coffee or a cup of tea and cookies.

Curious Fox Berlin shopfront
Curious Fox
Address: Flughafenstr. 22
12053 Berlin

Website: www.curiousfox.de

Phone and Email:
+49(0)30 52664791

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat 10-19

Desperate Literature, Madrid

Where? Madrid, Spain

Recommended by: Craig

Craig said: "Desperate Literature is a new International bookshop in Madrid, Spain and it is located in the space that used to be Petra's Book Store, which I believe had also been listed on your site.

Along with the very best collection of used English books in the city, the shop also carries a large selection of quality books in Spanish, French and a variety of other languages. With a focus on fiction, poetry, noir, sci-fi and belles-lettres, the store also maintains sections (in our three major languages) in philosophy, history, art, science, sociology, film, music and eastern religion.  Of course, we also have a children’s section for young readers looking to further explore their mother tongue or learn a new one.

Desperate Literature strives to be a space where good literature serves as a vehicle for dynamic cultural, linguistic and social exchange between Madrilenos, extranjeros and travellers from around the world. In this spirit we look forward to hosting readings, meetings, gallery shows, lectures, and more."

Desperate Literature is a joint project between Craig Walzer of Atlantis Books in Santorini, GRE and Corey Eastwood, the owner of Book Thug Nation and Human Relations in Brooklyn, USA. How cool, right? Make sure you pay a visit if in Madrid. Oh, and they're closed during the siesta :-)

Desperate Literature
C/Campomanes, 13

Website: http://desperateliterature.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/desperateliteraturemadrid

Phone and Email:
+34 911 88 80 89.
Working Hours:
Daily 10:30-14:30
and 17:30-22:30