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.

The Albion Beatnik, Oxford

Where? Oxford, England, UK

Recommeded by Mariela

Mariela said: "The reason I am writing is the my other beloved bookshop, Albion Beatnik from Oxford, one of the few places where you  can find such a good selection of books, including European and international writers (all in English). Nice jazz music and a good cup of tea may help people decide what they want to buy. It opens at 11 and I never know when it closes but there are jazz concerts or poetry readings quite often in the evening.

I hope you come and see it for yourself one day. This is a real bookshop. It could serve as a synonym to bookshop in the Oxford dictionary."

Every once in a while, a recommendation like this leaves us with a smile on our faces. It is nice to see how one person can love a bookstore and this feeling is certainly familiar with many of us, who consider ourselves books(tore) fanatics.

The Albion Beatnik is an independent bookshop located in Jericho, Oxford. The bookstore/cafe offers a diverse collection of titles ranging from American pulp, film theory, jazz (which usually accompanies your audio experience in the store) to Beatnik poetry and other counter-culture stuff. It also  offers tea, coffee and cake.

The Albion Beatnik also regularly hosts many concerts, poetry readings, talks and debates. Apparently, there's even a basement where bands rehears and reading groups meet. The bookstore also has an anti-wifi policy, so don't expect you laptop to connect to anything.

Albion Beatnik Bookstore
34 Walton Street
OX2 6AU Oxford

Website: http://albionbeatnikbookstore.blogspot.co.uk/

Phone and Email:
07737 876213

Working Hours:
Mon-Tue: 11-20
Wed-Sat: 11-23
Sun: 14-17

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De Dry Coppen, Leuven

Where? Leuven, Belgium

Recommended by An Wouters

An said: "Can I add one great store in Belgium, Leuven? It is called De Dry Coppen, and is situated in a charming historic building in a narrow, cobbled street of Leuven, the University City of the Flemish part of Belgium. It is quite and cozy there and you can sip a cup of coffee or drink a glass of wine, while reading the newspaper, your newest book or lingering by the bookshelves, full of classics or new books. Check it out for yourself, if one day you will visit Belgium.
Ed and Katlijne are the owners, they seem to have read every book and can give you all the advice you need. We are enthusiastic booklovers, and “de Dry Coppen” is our weekly rendez-vous."

De Dry Coppen is situated in one of the side streets in the center of Leuven, near the main shopping street. It mostly stocks books in Dutch but English language books are not foreign here. The city of Leuven has quite a large number of foreign students who also love to browse here.

Praised not only for books but also their coffee (make sure you try their double Mexican espresso, which seems to be the most popular choice of most of the bookstore's visitors), De Dry Coppen is one of those bookstores where you can just simply relax, sit at a table, browse through books before buying them or simply sit in the relaxed atmosphere of this book heaven. In the summer, tables are put outside so you can enjoy your drink basking in the sun. This perfect fusion that always works for us (i.e. bookstore and coffeshop) has certainly established a firm place within the community of young people and students of Leuven. Their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/DeDryCoppen

De Dry Coppen
Schrijnmakersstraat 11
3000 Leuven

Website:  www.dedrycoppen.be

Phone and Email:
016 23 03 05

Working Hours:
Tue-Sat 10-19
Mon 14-19

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The Bargain Book Shop, Berlin

Where? Berlin, Germany

Recommended by Cheryl Gant
Cheryl said: "You should add this relatively new store to your list of stores in Berlin. Two locations now of Bargain art, design, cookbooks and children's books.  The owner Max Erbe has had a very successful career selling art books to buyers around the world before moving back to Berlin to open his bookshop. Now he's open a second location as well."

The Bargain Book Shop started off as a pop-up store (for those who still haven't heard of such a concept, it's simple: a bookstore appears at a place for a while, usually the owner has a lease for a couple of weeks/months, and then it changes location). Luckily, if a location turns out to be a good one, the bookstore just might find its permanent place there. And this is exactly what happened to the Bargain Book Shop. What's more, it now has two locations in the German capital of Berlin (the main one in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, the other one near Kreuzberg). The store opened its doors in December 2011 and the owner Max Erbe definitely tries his best to offer the artsiest of the books at very affordable prices.

The Shop’s mix of ca. 2000 illustrated English-language and German books range from 5 to 50 EUR, with a few exceptions for special and collector’s editions, of course. The Bargain Book Shop, needless to add, but we will anyway, specializes in quality ned books on art, architecture, photography, design, children’s books and cookbooks. Most of the titles are from UK and US publishers, as well as some prominent German and international ones. A large amount of books is, of course, in the English language. And another thing, judging by the reviews online and the pictures we've managed to find, browsing in this bookstore is a delight to the eye. Also, make sure you check out their Facebook Page.

Bargain Bookshop
Address (1):  Immanuelkirchstraße 30
10405 Berlin
(2): Friedelstraße 26, 12047 Berlin

Website: www.bargainbookshop.de

Phone and Email:
030-47 377 014

Working Hours:
(1) Mon-Fri 13-20
Sat 12-18
(2) Mon-Fri 13-19
Sat 12-18

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