Greenery, coffee, books… What more does a city need?
Berlin, the capital city of Germany, is not the sunniest and warmest of all places. Whether you are traveling or living in Berlin, it wouldn’t be a surprise to get seasonal depression once in a while. What better excuse to quit work early and take a stroll to the bookshop? A little bit of inspiration could be just what you need to turn your dreary Berliner soul into a dreamy one. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella and coat, though.
Shakespeare and Sons
Warschauer Str. 74, 10243 Berlin, Germany
At the heart of the cozy Friedrichshain neighborhood, Shakespeare and Sons is a mainly English bookshop, offering a wide selection from classics to contemporary hits, non-fiction, and politics. They’re also wildly popular for their hearty bagels — cream cheese or spread of your choice, schmeared unapologetically at an affordable price. Grab a coffee, enjoy a customized bagel, and take a seat with a book. Come on a Sunday, and it’ll be a short walk to the bustling flea market at Boxhagener Platz.
George’s English Bookstore
Wörther Str. 27, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Browsing through used books is just like thrifting for clothes — the atmosphere is usually a little dank and dimly-lit, and the books seemingly unappealing and colorless. But a little bit of mindless searching and you might just find the gem you didn’t know you were looking for. At St. George’s, you’ll get the experience of a British country girl in an apron, scrabbling through her grandmother’s attic in search of a new read. Ladders reach into the tallest heights of unnoticed literature, beckoning you to explore outside of your literary comfort zone.
She Said – Buchhandlung
Kottbusser Damm 79, 10967 Berlin, Germany
Talk about unnoticed literature — ! An entire gender of writers have gone unnoticed throughout history. Here at She Said, you’ll find the other side of literature, the literature written by women, to inspire yourself as a fellow woman or just as another fellow unnoticed human being. Discover hidden talents, and pick up one or two glittery, powerful covers to light up your bookshelf at home.
Almstadtstraße 48, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Specializing in art, design, architecture, and political critique, this bookshop is a must if you haven’t felt inspired by something in a while. The decor is simple with an industrial touch, and there is plenty of space and natural light for you to feel comfortable enough getting lost in the shelves for hours. Hop into Pro Qm and gift yourself a break from the busy, commercial streets of Berlin Mitte.