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The American Book Center

Stadsdeel Centrum, Amsterdam
  • Sergey K.
    "Hands down the best bookstore in Amsterdam for English speakers."(4 Tips)
    Aku K.
    "Excellent selection of books from all walks of life."(4 Tips)
    Deniz D.
    "My favorite bookstore in town."(3 Tips)
    Lauren H.
    "massive graphic novel & manga sections"(3 Tips)
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  • Melis B.
    Melis BaşaranerJanuary 12, 2016
    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, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DammeirAugust 21, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Carl-Cyril D.
    Carl-Cyril DreueDecember 2, 2017
    The name should be changed to 'The Amazing Book Center'. Definitely worth a visit, even if its just to have a cup of coffee (upstairs).
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HannahOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 100+ 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!
  • 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
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SpaniolFebruary 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!
  • 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.
  • Kris T.
    Kris TinJuly 31, 2017
    wide selection of books on three floors. well assorted. bring time and a credit card.
  • 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.
  • Sergey K.
    Sergey KuznetsovDecember 17, 2016
    Hands down the best bookstore in Amsterdam for English speakers. A lot of books you don't even expect to see are on the shelves.
  • 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.
  • Clement H.
    Clement H.May 23, 2017
    The American Book Center recommendations are worthwhile. Great bookstore
  • 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.
  • Irina M.
    Irina MikheevaApril 19, 2016
    Check the bargains shelf! Other books are as expensive as in the waterstones.
  • 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 25+ times
    Best curated science fiction collection of every book shop I ever visited. Thanks @tiemenzwaan !
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 19, 2015
    Lots of cool books in English. there also seats sporadically scattered around the books.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 21, 2014
    Huge selection of English books. Call if you want something unusual and they'll reserve it.
  • Vangelis K.
    Vangelis KoukidisNovember 1, 2016
    A nice bookshop, big and with lots of stuff in english. Often has great offers.
  • Tobias G.
    Tobias GrönbergAugust 14, 2015
    Great bookstore with handwritten notes on personal favourites. Lovely place!
  • Deniz D.
    Deniz D.August 15, 2015
    My favorite bookstore in town. Try a blinddate with a book, you won't regret it!
  • B. Aaron T.
    B. Aaron TalbotJanuary 8, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    well-stocked fiction, crime, graphic novel sections...and very friendly staff
  • Yasmina A.
    Yasmina AladdinSeptember 6, 2016
    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.
    Luke SalinasMay 28, 2016
    One of the best science fiction/fantasy selections in the region
  • Philip Z.
    Philip ZNovember 15, 2015
    Great location in the shopping street Kalverstraat in Amsterdam... busy area
  • Wouter N.
    Wouter NieuwenhuizenOctober 23, 2013
    Very helpful employees, definitely check out the staff recommendations.
  • 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
  • Sacha v.
    Sacha van BeelenAugust 14, 2015
    They have lots of interesting books and magazines regarding all topics.
  • 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.
  • nehh
    nehhNovember 5, 2011
    Best bookstore in town,esp for art books, friendly staff
  • Laurens N.
    Laurens NotenMarch 8, 2015
    Impressive collection of books that's fun to browse through.
  • Dèsirée R.
    It's the kind of bookstore that makes you feel like Belle in Beauty & the Beast.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HannahAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    10% student discount for students and teachers!
  • Dragan N.
    Dragan NanicOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great store! Lots of stuff - check out sales sections :)
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LeyvaJune 20, 2013
    The place is amazing. Great collection.
  • Marisa N.
    Marisa NeideckerMarch 31, 2015
    Cute with a bigger selection of sci-fi than I expected.
  • oliver
    oliverAugust 1, 2017
    a blueprint for every other bookshop
  • Karlijn M.
    Karlijn MollJuly 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection books and magazines.
  • Remco S.
    Remco SchroduerJuly 11, 2017
    Books, books and books. Think of a subject, they have the book.
  • Melinda K.
    Melinda KAugust 23, 2016
    Try the blind date with books!
  • Eva
    EvaFebruary 19, 2017
    Beware: it's simply impossible to not buy a book here once you get into the store.
  • Daniël v.
    One of the best bookstores Amsterdam has to offer.
  • Owen W.
    Owen WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    Books, in english! What more could you want ;)
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinDecember 5, 2015
    An absolutely amazing selection of books.
  • Marvin S.
    Marvin SutherlandSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check Out THE business section. Books here are cheaper
  • azade b.
    azade badieeJune 28, 2015
    One of the best bookstores in Amsterdam
  • Anna-Marijke W.
    Just go in and wander, I find it impossible to leave without a new book.
  • Android 2.
    Android 211 week ago
    Why the high prices?, why the damaged books, the scratches on paperbacks and why the uninterested personnel?
  • Ed L.
    Ed LuiApril 2, 2013
    It's like waterstones but much cooler! Plus there's a tree in here
  • Lita
    LitaApril 19, 2015
    Love the bookstore
  • Harrietvde
    HarrietvdeFebruary 20, 2011
    Great bargain section. Often quite new hardcovers.
  • Thomas V.
    Thomas VimareDecember 24, 2014
    Large collection of English books
  • Deniz D.
    Deniz D.November 27, 2014
    There is a TREE inside.
  • Camellia
    CamelliaFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very nice place to kill time and find Xmas gifts
  • Benjamin
    BenjaminMarch 11, 2016
    Card- and boardgames, comic books
  • Emre S.
    Emre SeyrekJuly 21, 2015
    The best bookstore in the city
  • Paavo K.
    Paavo KettunenOctober 10, 2010
    Probably the best bookstore in Amsterdam. Mind the steps :D
  • Duncan H.
    Duncan HowsleyApril 13, 2016
    Three floors of book-lovers paradise!
  • Frederique M.
    Frederique MattiMarch 6, 2016
    Huge store full of books.
  • Simone
    SimoneApril 14, 2011
    Great bookstore... Wish they had good coffee
  • Felix Q.
    Felix QuiOctober 11, 2011
    I like to browse the bargains @ the rpg-section :)
  • Marion M.
    Marion MillionJuly 31, 2016
    Best bookstore ever!!
  • Ciro A.
    Ciro AndreottiAugust 20, 2013
    what a Wonderful Bookshop !!!!!!!!!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MertensNovember 2, 2015
    ABC is always a good idea
  • Intan
    IntanJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favourite stores
  • Tsyki
    TsykiJanuary 31, 2016
    Look for the Monocle travel guides
  • Bert B.
    Bert BartenDecember 4, 2016
    Getting lost in words
  • Paolo B.
    Paolo BurattiJanuary 22, 2012
    Love this place...
  • Vera R.
    Vera RruJanuary 8, 2013
    Still Free wifi!
  • Joris v.
    Joris van GelderOctober 12, 2010
    Uitgebreid Moleskine assortiment. Kortingskaart geldig!
  • Allan L.
    Allan LicoApril 15, 2016
    Essa livraria é sensacional! Muito bonita e cheia de coisas legais. Alem de livros tem muitos jogos de tabuleiro e cartas, presentes e coisas geek. Vale a pena a visita
  • Vera R.
    Vera RruDecember 23, 2012
    Хороший большой магазин с книгами на англиском.Путеводитеои и карты на 1этаже под деревом и лестнице.
  • Regina
    ReginaApril 4, 2015
    Большой магазин интересных книг и не только 😊
  • Thomas v.
    Thomas van VlietJanuary 4, 2017
    Een van m'n favoriete boekenwinkels. Ik waan me in een stad ver weg hier.
  • Andrey T.
    Andrey TSeptember 3, 2015
    книги на любой ваш интерес, стоит заглянуть
  • Mariya K.
    Mariya KuzmenkoJanuary 20, 2016
    Нельзя сказать, что выбор поражает воображение, но на подарок себе или близким кое-что найдётся.
  • Daniela V.
    Daniela ViegasMarch 19, 2012
    Arquitetura incrível, compre um livro como recordação.
  • Mehmet B.
    Mehmet BOYLUFebruary 6, 2017
    Aradığımızı bulamayacaksak bookstore ne işe yarar ki
  • Merve D.
    Merve DumasNovember 1, 2015
    İndirim zamanı varsa kaçırmayın!
  • Harry H.
    Harry HolAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gratis wifi!
  • Fuyuhiko T.
    Fuyuhiko TakayaOctober 1, 2017
  • Lisanne M.
    Lisanne MeerkerkMarch 29, 2012
    Ik zou 'm helemaal leeg kunnen kopen. Op eigen risico dus ;)
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