About The Guide

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.

Eleven Books & Coffee, Bratislava

 Where? Bratislava, Slovakia

This entry has a special significance for us because in a way it represents the culmination of all our bookish trips, the visited bookstores, all the places and people that inspired us during the time we've spent traveling around Europe and working on this Guide. It's the thing we've always dreamed of and we've finally found the courage to make it happen. We are finally able to add our own brick-and-mortar bookstore (opened in February 2016) to Bookstore Guide.

Eleven Books & Coffee was opened as a continuation of our online secondhand English bookstore (launched in 2011) another step on a journey started way before Bookstore Guide saw the light of day in 2007. The stock comprises of carefully selected English fiction and non-fiction, with the regular categories such as contemporary fiction, classics, historical novels and in the non-fiction realm business, philosophy, history, psychology, biographies, travel, etc.). Recently, we have also added a smaller German language book section, with more international languages to follow in the near future. The cozy bookstore is also a cafe with freshly roasted coffee, a careful selection of teas, lemonades, cakes (mostly vegan) so you could sit down with an interesting book and lose yourself while nurturing all your senses. We are planning to prolong the opening hours in the upcoming months in order to add another temptation to the offer - wine.

The bookstore itself is located in a narrow cobblestone street in the very center of Bratislava, yet sheltered from all the hubbub of Michalska street, which is adjacent. We hope to enjoy this experience as much as possible and try out all the ideas born during our bookstore-hunting trips.

Eleven Books & Coffee
Baštová 9
811 03 Bratislava

Website: https://www.facebook.com/elevenbooks/

Phone and Email: 
0948 824 811

Working Hours:
Mon/Tue/Thur 11-17:30
Wed/Fri 11-20:00
Sat 14-20:00

Ottimomassimo, Rome

http://www.ottimomassimo.eu/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ottimoscritta31.gif  Where? Rome, Italy

Recommended by
Deborah Soria

In 2006, Ottimomassimo was solely a traveling bookstore - you know, those cool little bookshops on wheels, traveling around the country reading and telling stories to kids. Throughout the years, they reached out to over 20.000 children, promoting reading and literacy. And they must have left a good impression because in December 2014, Ottimomassimo became a real brick-and-mortar store, a children's bookshop. But not only a bookshop but also a place that promotes creativity through art and activities.

The store stocks a vast range of illustrated quality books, and also maps and guidebooks on Rome for kids in English. They also have a DVD rental service for tourists. The activities are suitable for children 3 do 12, a perfect stop for families. 

Manara 16/17
00153 Roma

Website: http://www.ottimomassimo.eu/

Phone and Email: 06 9021 5070

Working Hours:
Mon 14-15:30
Tue-Sat 10-19:30
Sun 10:30-13 16:19:30

David's Bookshop, Cambridge

Where? Cambridge, England

Recommended by Brian

Established in the 19th century, yes, that's right, all the way back in 1896 by Gustave David (or GDavid), this bookstore is still an independent business. It specializes in antiquarian, second-hand and remaindered books, maps and prints, as well as engravings in many subjects. They also buy used books.

The store is located in somewhat a 'hidden' passage that goes by the name of St. Eward. It is situated very close to the Market Square and King's College Chapel, so do not despair. Rather ask a local if you cannot find it.

David's Bookshop
16 St. Edward's Passage

Website: http://www.davidsbookshop.co.uk

Phone and Email: +44 1223 354619

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat 9-5