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House of Books, St. Petersburg

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Explore the collection of books, stationery, and souvenirs in an elegant Art Nouveau building at House of Books. Designed by architect Pavel Suzor for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, this standout on Nevsky Prospekt features a glass tower topped by a glass globe sculpture, bronze sculptures, an elaborate door sign, and a marble staircase and Venetian decor on the inside. The building itself is as much of an attraction as the more than 150,000 books housed in the bookstore. Most books sold are in Russian, many by local authors, but the store also has an extensive English-language selection, where you can see which authors are being featured and pick up books about the history and attractions within the area. Visit the art department for drawing supplies, watch a play, or pop into one of the lectures or master classes offered for children and adults while you're browsing around. Be sure to take in the panoramic views of the area through the large windows in the store. Head to the first floor for the on-site cafe and restroom facilities. Make House of Books a part of your St. Petersburg vacation plans using our St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Even if you don't speak (or read) Russian, you will enjoy the huge bookstore and the wonderful retro style design. Singer Café, located on the 2nd store, is a good choice, if you want to relax after h...  more »
  • In some way it is quite hard to explain the feelings... This world just grabs you the moment you enter the building. You can spend here whole day and still it will not be enough. Books about everythin...  more »
  • Despite you are not interested in buying a book, enter the building is fantastic. The architecture is amazing and there are several floors dedicated to the wonderful books. Places like this are a must...  more »
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  • Wonderful place for booklovers. Beautiful building. Great cafe with the best hot chocolate in the world and enchanting panoramic view of Kazansky Cathedral
  • Love going to Café Singer in the upstairs area. The food and drinks are priced well, and the building itself is gorgeous. It is right across the street from Kazan Cathedral, and you can see the building out of the large windows in the café. What a view! The bookstore is so fun to explore, however the book prices are not ideal. They are a bit high. It is usually crowded in the summertime. There is a great selection of unique souvenirs!
  • A LOT of books. Must visit for everybody capable of reading (russian). Open even at night
  • Love the invironment and very nice collection of books , cafe with very nice view of cathedral
  • Nice bookshop housed in a beautiful building. Must visit. Great cafe to boot!

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