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The American Book Center

Bookstore · Stadsdeel Centrum
Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • Noon–8:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed, Fri–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–6:30 PM
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    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)
    Oliver S.
    "Best curated science fiction collection of every book shop"(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

    Melis Başaraner · January 12
  • Liang

    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!

    Liang · 3 weeks ago
  • Vaporizers V.

    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.

    Vaporizers Vaporize it! · October 10, 2011
  • Nikita V.

    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.

    Nikita Voronin · January 6, 2015
  • Thomas v.

    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!

    Thomas van Zuijlen · February 16, 2014
  • Jesse H.

    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.

    Jesse Houwing · August 24, 2014
  • Shannon M.

    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!

    Shannon Mackie · February 24, 2014
  • Holly B.

    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.

    Holly Bassett · August 7, 2014
  • 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

  • B K.

    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.

    B K · April 4, 2015
  • Lauren H.

    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!

    Lauren Hannah · October 18, 2013
  • Ilona A.

    My favorite bookstore by far. They have a huge selection of.. Well.. Pretty much every genre. Students can get a discount.

    Ilona Ang · November 17, 2014
  • Aku K.

    Excellent selection of books from all walks of life. Scifi and fantasy especially spoken for. Lots of staff recommendations.

    Aku Kotkavuo · September 2, 2014
  • Martijn J.

    My favorite book store in Amsterdam! Love the giant selection and perfect for a serendipitous journey

    Martijn Jansen · August 6, 2014
  • Oliver S.

    Best curated science fiction collection of every book shop I ever visited. Thanks @tiemenzwaan !

    Oliver Schrenk · October 7, 2015
  • Marc J.

    many many books about musicians and rock stars here on first floor, and there's a tree in the middle too.

    Marc Joffe · August 29, 2013
  • drew t.

    Lots of cool books in English. there also seats sporadically scattered around the books.

    drew tarvin · May 19, 2015
  • Deniz D.

    My favorite bookstore in town. Try a blinddate with a book, you won't regret it!

    Deniz D. · August 15, 2015
  • Ben D.

    Huge selection of English books. Call if you want something unusual and they'll reserve it.

    Ben Drucker · December 21, 2014
  • Eelke

    Search through the bargains, you won't be sorry! Also they have a great Moleskine collection here

    Eelke · February 27, 2013
  • Rawand D.

    And for the students, don't forget you receive 10% discount, just show them your OV-card or your college/university pass/card.

    Rawand Duhoky · March 30, 2011
  • Irina M.

    Check the bargains shelf! Other books are as expensive as in the waterstones.

    Irina Miheeva · 1 week ago
  • Wouter N.

    Very helpful employees, definitely check out the staff recommendations.

    Wouter Nieuwenhuizen · October 23, 2013
  • Jan A.

    Amazing bookstore with american literature. Just bought the biography of Benjamin Franklin and Delivering Happiness by the founder of Zappos

    Jan Ahrend · May 5, 2012
  • Tobias G.

    Great bookstore with handwritten notes on personal favourites. Lovely place!

    Tobias Grönberg · August 14, 2015
  • Sacha v.

    They have lots of interesting books and magazines regarding all topics.

    Sacha van Beelen · August 14, 2015
  • Don D.

    My favorite bookstore. Buy and read Burke and Gaiman.

    Don Duyns · August 31, 2013
  • Werther V.

    If you love books, you'll fall in love with this bookstore, easly!

    Werther Veulemans · August 27, 2014
  • Filip Z.

    Great location in the shopping street Kalverstraat in Amsterdam... busy area

    Filip Zofakis · November 15, 2015
  • Laurens N.

    Impressive collection of books that's fun to browse through.

    Laurens Noten · March 8, 2015
  • nehh

    Best bookstore in town,esp for art books, friendly staff

    nehh · November 5, 2011
  • Dèsirée R.

    It's the kind of bookstore that makes you feel like Belle in Beauty & the Beast.

    Dèsirée Rugbondungsingh · January 25, 2015
  • Lauren H.

    10% student discount for students and teachers!

    Lauren Hannah · August 6, 2014
  • Dragan N.

    Great store! Lots of stuff - check out sales sections :)

    Dragan Nanic · October 3, 2013
  • Marvin S.

    Check Out THE business section. Books here are cheaper

    Marvin Sutherland · September 30, 2011
  • Anna-Marijke W.

    Just go in and wander, I find it impossible to leave without a new book.

    Anna-Marijke Westra · May 28, 2013
  • Marisa N.

    Cute with a bigger selection of sci-fi than I expected.

    Marisa Neidecker · March 31, 2015
  • Carlos L.

    The place is amazing. Great collection.

    Carlos Leyva · June 20, 2013
  • Harrietvde

    Great bargain section. Often quite new hardcovers.

    Harrietvde · February 20, 2011
  • Paavo K.

    Probably the best bookstore in Amsterdam. Mind the steps :D

    Paavo Kettunen · October 10, 2010
  • Simone

    Great bookstore... Wish they had good coffee

    Simone · April 14, 2011
  • Owen W.

    Books, in english! What more could you want ;)

    Owen Williams · January 8
  • Ed L.

    It's like waterstones but much cooler! Plus there's a tree in here

    Ed Lui · April 2, 2013
  • Daniël v.

    One of the best bookstores Amsterdam has to offer.

    Daniël van der Winden · August 7, 2014
  • Carl G.

    An absolutely amazing selection of books.

    Carl Griffin · December 5, 2015
  • Thomas V.

    Large collection of English books

    Thomas Vimare · December 24, 2014
  • Benjamin

    Card- and boardgames, comic books

    Benjamin · March 11
  • Frederique M.

    Huge store full of books.

    Frederique Matti · March 6
  • azade b.

    One of the best bookstores in Amsterdam

    azade badiee · June 28, 2015
  • Camellia

    Very nice place to kill time and find Xmas gifts

    Camellia · February 2, 2015

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