Top Choice Books in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

American Book Center

This excellent three-storey shop is the biggest source of English-language books in Amsterdam. Its greatest strengths are in the artsy ground-floor department, but on the upper floors there's fiction and oodles of s…
Top Choice Books in Vondelpark & the Old South

Pied à Terre

The galleried, sky-lit interior of Europe's largest travel bookshop feels like a Renaissance centre of learning. If it's travel or outdoor-related, it's likely here: gorgeous globes, travel guides in multiple langua…
Books in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Book Exchange

This rabbit warren specialises in secondhand English books, with temptingly priced literary titles as well as volumes on the social sciences and more. It's near the university.
Books in Western Canal Ring

Architectura & Natura

This charming canal-side shop has art, architecture, design, landscape and coffee-table books.
Books in Western Canal Ring

Boekie Woekie

This artist-run bookstore sells books created by artists. Some tell elegantly illustrated stories; others are riffs on graphic motifs. The merchandise is exquisitely one-of-a-kind.
Books in Southern Canal Ring

International Theatre & Film Books

In the Stadsschouwburg building, this excellent shop is crammed with books on its namesake subjects, as well as speciality sections on musicals and famous directors. The majority of titles are in English.
Books in Western Canal Ring


The Mendo graphic design agency runs this smart, black-walled bookshop specialising in books in the creative realm: art, design, architecture, fashion and photography.
Books in Southern Canal Ring


Run by the city printer, this is the best source for books about Amsterdam's history, urban development, ecology and politics. Most titles are in Dutch (if you don't read it, you can always look at the pictures), bu…
Books in Southern Canal Ring


Skip the commercial souvenir shops and head to this small publishing house for precisely drawn, multicoloured, architecturally faithful prints, books, postcards, posters and placemats of Amsterdam's canal-scapes suc…
Books in Medieval Centre & Red Light District


Amsterdam's savviest bookshop is a bit of an intellectual and style hub. Its adjoining newsagency has a selection of cutting-edge international magazines, newspapers and guidebooks.