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The American Book Center

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Brilliant For Book Worms

This bookstore, located on Spui near Kalverstraat, is a fantastic place to come and browse, if... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Superb selection, superb air conditioning, and superb WiFi!

This was a wonderful spot to peruse an outstanding selection of books! I will gladly return to the... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
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Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 625 5537
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

This bookstore, located on Spui near Kalverstraat, is a fantastic place to come and browse, if you're a bit of a bookworm. They have a very good English fiction section, however I would only buy a book from here if there was a particular title...More

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Reviewed 1 August 2018

This was a wonderful spot to peruse an outstanding selection of books! I will gladly return to the shop anytime I go back to Amsterdam! The staff was helpful and friendly and it was a nice taste of the states while abroad. They had a...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Fantastic shop, carrying a huge selection of English books. The staff know their stuff, truly anything can be found here, including a mega large section of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Trust them to carry the latest of any genre, tucked away in this cavernous, multi...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Just a fabulous store that you can spend hours in, wandering around like a kid in a candy store. Absolutely amazing sci-fi and fantasy section with lots of obscure titles. A must-visit when you're in the city looking for a great bookish experience.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

I always make a point to visit this shop while visiting Amsterdam. It has a large variety of books in English from cooking to fiction, art etc. This time around I also found what I hope will prove to be a useful self study Dutch...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

On one corner of Spui, this large building has a great selection of English-language books. It isn't the easiest place to negotiate with signage seeming a little haphazard but good to browse especially on a cold, frosty morning !

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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Really lovely bookstore with an amazing choice! It’s got a great vibe in it and the staff are fantastic. The little coffee store inside should be a lot bigger as we found it to be a great place and it was a shame so many...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

This is a really lovely place and a must-stop for all book lovers. We found it while we were walking through Amsterdam and we spent there 2 great hours. There is an amazing selection of books, and it is a great place for everyone, because...More

Thank Teresa T
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Top book store with amazing English language book collection. Staff suggestions are pretty useful. Fantastic sci-fi collection. Vast modern literature as well. Plus magazines. Some nice books on sale. Don't miss it if you like books - great place to get lost while it's raining...More

Thank B G
Reviewed 19 August 2017

It's always a pleasure to come back to this bookshop. It has a lost of English books. You can kill your time by finding a book as it has big collection. It's funny to see a big tree trunk among the books. Friendly and helpful...More

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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
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16 January 2018|
Response from Stephane B | Reviewed this property |
The answer can be found in a trade site page aptly called the shelf awareness ! based on this source, it is Lynn Buller and her family who own the ABC in Amsterdam and the Hague. Lynn Buller arrived in the Netherlands in... More
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Response from B G | Reviewed this property |
Not that I recall. They have sales on older stuff, that's all.
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