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East of Eden, Berlin

Where? Berlin, Germany

[UPDATE] East of Eden is CLOSED since 2011.

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CitySpy said: "Around 20,000 Second Hand English Language books in stock, as well as German, French and many other languages. Great variety of non fiction as well as all the classics. New independent comics from Berlin and all other new titles are available to order. Reading room in the back, check listings press for special events, or take yourself up there to drink tea, meet fellow sociable bookworms and spend an hour or so browsing around. "

This independent second hand bookstore was basically a 2001 Christmas gift to all the residents of former East Berlin, and it has quickly established itself as one of the best destinations for English titles in the competitive English language bookstore scene in Berlin. Owned by two Brits Mark Mulholland and Alan Garvie, the East of Eden International Bookshop, as its full name goes, is like a small labyrinth, with five interconnected rooms equipped with comfortable seats and a sofa for the customers to enjoy.

Most importantly, the whole space is jammed with books, which are stored all around the place. The offer of this second hand bookstore is very wide, and you can find anything from cheap paperbacks, to rare out-of-print leather bound editions for collectors and bibliophiles. As you can imagine, due to this ambitious scope, the prices also vary within a rather wide range, but the paperback section is generally very accessible. The vast majority of books in East of Eden is available in English language, but there are also separate German and French sections.

Besides their common obsession with books, the two owners also share a passion for folk music. East of Eden is thus a well-known spot of the local folk music scene, as it holds gigs on regular basis. The back room is reserved for these musical evenings, which are characterized by a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Book readings also take place in the same space.

East of Eden bookstore Berlineast of eden berlinEast of Eden:
Schreinerstrasse 10
10247 Berlin

Phone and Email:
423 93 62

Working Hours:
Mon-Fri 12-19
Saturday 12-16

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Natalie Kettelhake said...

Note: East of Eden is, as far as I know, closed since August 2011.

Sonja said...

Thanks for the update Natalie. We have made the changes to the post.