Where? Dublin, Ireland
Recommended by Cristina Cona
Often described as a bookshop where one could spend a seriously dangerous amount of time, Books Upstairs has, as we've found out from all the positive reviews online, managed to justify this claim. Its location (exactly opposite the entrance to Trinity College) is a perfect position for the young, developing minds of knowledge-craving students, who often frequent Books Upstairs. However, the little bookshop also often seems unnoticed, which comes as a surprise since many who ventured into it, found it very difficult to leave, always praising its somewhat alternative choice of books, the staff and the overall atmosphere. But perhaps, it is Books Upstairs' own "fault" as they are known for keeping a low profile when compared to their adversaries.
The narrow, somewhat even claustrophobic premises are stacked with books, but only few copies of one title are to be found on their shelves. The bookstore is divided in several levels and is equipped with a wooden staircase making it more interesting to browse. The stock is what sets Books Upstairs apart from other bookshops in the city, sections which are among the most praised ones include Irish literature, drama, women's studies, social sciences and others.
Books Upstairs has been around for over thirty years, thanks to its owner's, Maurice Earls's perseverance and endurance throughout sometimes difficult times for the shop, but as well to the more-than-often praised staff. This bookstore has indeed established a firm foundation onto which it has been building reputation ever since. Many famous Dubliners can be seen wandering about the store.
36 College Green,
Website: www.booksirish.com & www.booksupstairs.com
(currently closed pending redevelopment)
Phone and Email:
+353 (0)1 679-6687
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