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The American Book Center

Stadsdeel Centrum, Amsterdam
  • Deniz D.
    "My favorite bookstore in town."(3 Tips)
    Paavo K.
    "Probably the best bookstore in Amsterdam."(3 Tips)
    Aku K.
    "Excellent selection of books from all walks of life."(3 Tips)
    Melinda K.
    "Try the blind date with books!"(2 Tips)
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  • Melis B.
    I love stopping by at american book store when I go to Spui, one of my favorite straats in Amsterdam. Cozy place, you can spent hours reading and buying staff
  • Liang
    LiangApril 2
    Chaotic organization of books and categories, but I like it. The shop has some nice corridors with shelves filled with books up to the ceiling. Even the stairs are flanked by bookshelves!
  • Vaporizers V.
    Vaporizers Vaporize it!October 10, 2011
    This is an awesome bookstore with a huge selection of books (all in English!) and free wifi internet. Patrons are encouraged to find a good book, make themselves comfortable and stay a while.
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HouwingAugust 24, 2014
    Enormous selection of travel books (also of Amsterdam and The Netherlands), science fiction and Fantasy. Plus a hidden corner with board, card and role playing games.
  • B K.
    B KApril 4, 2015
    You can find any book, magazines and guides in here. Huge store with great atmosphere. They have this "blind date with a book" thing which i thing really exciting.
  • Thomas v.
    Thomas van ZuijlenFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the Sale shelves in the sci-fi and fantasy section on the first floor, opposite the children's books. Many recent titles are offered at heavily discounted prices!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DammeirAugust 21
    The kind of book store you support simply because you know it's becoming rarer and rarer to find a space like this. Great people passionate about what they do.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HannahOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Easily the best bookstore in Amsterdam. Bargains and the massive graphic novel & manga sections are definitely worth checking out. Don't forget to show your student card at checkout!
  • Holly B.
    Holly BassettAugust 7, 2014
    Honestly the best looking book store I've ever come across with a beautiful collection of books, graphic novels etc. I think I want to live here.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MackieFebruary 24, 2014
    Huge selection. Check out the mystery books on the top floor. You never know what you will get! Provide your student ID from anywhere in the world and get a discount!
  • Ilona A.
    Ilona AngNovember 17, 2014
    My favorite bookstore by far. They have a huge selection of.. Well.. Pretty much every genre. Students can get a discount.
  • Nikita V.
    Nikita VoroninJanuary 6, 2015
    Four floors of various literature in English! As a fan of Star Wars I found several editions of storyboards for the entire Saga, albums about such renowned artists as Ralph McQuarrie and much more.
  • Merve Ö.
    Best can find almost everything if not they order for u...better than bookstores in US...u can spend a couple of days in here
  • Aku K.
    Aku KotkavuoSeptember 2, 2014
    Excellent selection of books from all walks of life. Scifi and fantasy especially spoken for. Lots of staff recommendations.
  • Irina M.
    Check the bargains shelf! Other books are as expensive as in the waterstones.
  • Marc J.
    Marc JoffeAugust 29, 2013
    many many books about musicians and rock stars here on first floor, and there's a tree in the middle too.
  • Martijn J.
    Martijn JansenAugust 6, 2014
    My favorite book store in Amsterdam! Love the giant selection and perfect for a serendipitous journey
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver SchrenkOctober 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best curated science fiction collection of every book shop I ever visited. Thanks @tiemenzwaan !
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 21, 2014
    Huge selection of English books. Call if you want something unusual and they'll reserve it.
  • Tobias G.
    Tobias GrönbergAugust 14, 2015
    Great bookstore with handwritten notes on personal favourites. Lovely place!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 19, 2015
    Lots of cool books in English. there also seats sporadically scattered around the books.
  • Deniz D.
    Deniz D.August 15, 2015
    My favorite bookstore in town. Try a blinddate with a book, you won't regret it!
  • Vangelis K.
    A nice bookshop, big and with lots of stuff in english. Often has great offers.
  • Eelke
    EelkeFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Search through the bargains, you won't be sorry! Also they have a great Moleskine collection here
  • Yasmina A.
    Yasmina AladdinSeptember 6
    Heaven of books! U'll find everything! They also have ABC favorite books!
  • Werther V.
    Werther VeulemansAugust 27, 2014
    If you love books, you'll fall in love with this bookstore, easly!
  • Don D.
    Don DuynsAugust 31, 2013
    My favorite bookstore. Buy and read Burke and Gaiman.
  • Luke S.
    One of the best science fiction/fantasy selections in the region
  • Jan A.
    Jan AhrendMay 5, 2012
    Amazing bookstore with american literature. Just bought the biography of Benjamin Franklin and Delivering Happiness by the founder of Zappos
  • Wouter N.
    Wouter NieuwenhuizenOctober 23, 2013
    Very helpful employees, definitely check out the staff recommendations.
  • Rawand D.
    Rawand DuhokyMarch 30, 2011
    And for the students, don't forget you receive 10% discount, just show them your OV-card or your college/university pass/card.
  • Filip Z.
    Filip ZofakisNovember 15, 2015
    Great location in the shopping street Kalverstraat in Amsterdam... busy area
  • Sacha v.
    Sacha van BeelenAugust 14, 2015
    They have lots of interesting books and magazines regarding all topics.
  • nehh
    nehhNovember 5, 2011
    Best bookstore in town,esp for art books, friendly staff
  • Dragan N.
    Dragan NanicOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great store! Lots of stuff - check out sales sections :)
  • Laurens N.
    Laurens NotenMarch 8, 2015
    Impressive collection of books that's fun to browse through.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HannahAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    10% student discount for students and teachers!
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LeyvaJune 20, 2013
    The place is amazing. Great collection.
  • Dèsirée R.
    It's the kind of bookstore that makes you feel like Belle in Beauty & the Beast.
  • Marisa N.
    Marisa NeideckerMarch 31, 2015
    Cute with a bigger selection of sci-fi than I expected.
  • Melinda K.
    Melinda KAugust 23
    Try the blind date with books!
  • Karlijn M.
    Great selection books and magazines.
  • Marvin S.
    Marvin SutherlandSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check Out THE business section. Books here are cheaper
  • Daniël v.
    One of the best bookstores Amsterdam has to offer.
  • Anna-Marijke W.
    Just go in and wander, I find it impossible to leave without a new book.
  • Owen W.
    Owen WilliamsJanuary 8
    Books, in english! What more could you want ;)
  • azade b.
    azade badieeJune 28, 2015
    One of the best bookstores in Amsterdam
  • Simone
    SimoneApril 14, 2011
    Great bookstore... Wish they had good coffee
  • Harrietvde
    HarrietvdeFebruary 20, 2011
    Great bargain section. Often quite new hardcovers.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinDecember 5, 2015
    An absolutely amazing selection of books.
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