The American Book Center, Amsterdam

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
At The American Book Center, find an enormous range of English language books and magazines (mostly from the US) spread across three floors. The store makes an ideal place to stock up on vacation reading material should you run out, or simply to browse. Friendly, knowledgeable staff will point you in the direction of any particular books you're looking for, and provide recommendations if you can't decide. Plan to visit The American Book Center during your Amsterdam vacation using our convenient Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.
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  • The different floors of this library give you acées to a number of amazing books: lots of different themes, different languages. Hard to not to leave empty-handed.
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  • We were directed to the American Book Center by the front desk staff at the Best Western Dam Square Inn and found it to be a wonderful place. Even though we didn't have the exact title of the book we ...  read more »
  • A beautiful building with the American Book Center in a very central location at the Spui. Multiple levels with a profusion of books in all genres. Enough hours to be sweet. The quantity and fairly dense accumulation of it, however, makes that pretty soon over-stimulated man there not too long within. Fortunately, the staff very vriendelijl and cursed with the necessary books knowledge so usually is the answer to your question or worry about finding good advice. Don't miss this store for the bookworm!
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  • The absolute best bookstore in Amsterdam, bar none. As the name implies it only carries English language books and it does this in a comprehensive collection spanning fiction and nonfiction in equal depth. The staff is knowledgeable and always avaliable to take their time to help you.
  • Easily my favorite book store. Gorgeous architecture, helpful staff and a huge selection in every genre. Especially their scifi/fantasy, comics, and manga is impressive for a non-genre store. If something isn't in stock they order it for you.
  • So many books, this place can keep you occupied for hours. Great if you love books. Not so great if you're into hand crafted baskets, they don't sell those. Then again, why go looking for those in a bookstore? I question your logic.
  • Believe the hype. I haven't found a better place for English books in the Netherlands. May be a bit cluttered or unorganised for some people but it only adds to the charm.
  • I saw this location on a map and thought I'd check it out while in town. I was more than surprised with the plethora of books in the shop. The selection was great and overall had a good variety of popular and niche books. The building itself was fun to see and the multiple levels of shopping. Even if you don't buy anything, check it out!
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