These are the 6 best international bookstores in the Netherlands

There’s nothing cosier than staying inside on a cold day with a cup of tea while reading a book.

But how do you go about finding your new literary adventure in the Netherlands, when you can’t read Dutch, and you feel like delving into something international?

Of course, you can always order online. Buuut then you have to pay for shipping, and to be fair, there’s nothing better than touching, feeling, and looking at one book before deciding to take it home.

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With that in mind, we’ve made a list of international bookshops in the Netherlands where you can find some foreign literature in different languages.

1. Broese Boekverkopers in Utrecht

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Time to get cosy in bookstores! Image: Pexels

Dating back to 1753, this quaint bookshop has a very long history. It has changed owners and names several times but is still standing and has now gone back to its original name: Broense Boekverkopers.

It recently moved to a new location in Utrecht‘s old post office, and it’s really, really, nice — trust us.

While Broese isn’t technically an international bookshop, you can find small sections dedicated to a bunch of different languages.

2. Stanza Bookshop in The Hague

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Reading books is always in season! Image: Freepik

Stanza is one of those cosy little bookshops that are always a delight to find when you’re strolling through the centre of a city.

It’s an independent bookshop, owned by Karina, who will always make you feel at home and give you personal recommendations according to your needs.

She has a background in international law, so if that’s your jam, she will be more than happy to advise you. She also facilitates cultural events like poetry readings, debates, book presentations, and children’s storytelling in different languages.

Browsing the shelves of Stanza, you’ll find mainly English, Spanish, and French books, but there are also smaller German and Italian sections.

3. Serendipity Libros (online and mobile)

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What better way to let your kid practice their native language by giving them a book! Image: Pexels

If children’s literature is what you’re after, Serendipity Libros is the place to go. It’s an independent online and mobile bookshop with a very carefully curated selection of picture books and literature for the youngest members of the household.

They specialise in Spanish, French, and Italian books. You can buy the books online but they also arrange home visits or you can meet in the city or at one of their events.

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What’s also interesting is that, in the spirit of promoting bi- or multilingual development, they organise meetings between children and parents of similarly culturally diverse backgrounds, such as free readings and storytelling evenings.

This takes place in different locations in The Hague and Voorburg in all three languages.

You can find out about these events on their Facebook page, Serendipity Literatura infantil.

4. El Rincón del Libro in Amsterdam

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Browse through all the Spanish books at the El Rincón del Libro bookstore in Amsterdam. Image: Freepik

Specifically for Spanish books, there is El Rincón Del Libro in Amsterdam. It is one of the only bookshops in the Netherlands that carries only Spanish books for adults and children.

They have books of all genres but have an especially great selection of Latin American literature and Spanish-related books.

In addition to the lovely bookstore that’s existed for more than 10 years, they now have a website to easily order your books online if you already know what you want.

5. Le Temps Retrouvé in Amsterdam

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Nothing quite like reading a book in a nice bookstore! Image: Pexels

When on the hunt for French books in Amsterdam, you should definitely visit Le Temps Retrouvé.

The bookstore sells all kinds of books in French for both adults and children.

Besides selling books, they also organise interesting debates and cultural work together with the foundation for the promotion of French culture in the Netherlands: L’echappée Belle.

6. Bookstor in The Hague

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The Bookstor in The Hague is one of the cosiest places in the Netherlands to find and read English books. Image: Freepik

Another must-visit for book lovers is this café and bookstore, appropriately named Bookstor, in The Hague. It’s such a beautiful place to sit and have good coffee or a bite.

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They have a great selection of English books at the store — both old and new. It’s not unusual to find some interesting ones in different languages as well in the second-hand book section. You just have to look!

As you walk through the café, towards their small garden, you’ll enter a room with a huge mural by the renowned Dutch children’s book illustrator, Marije Tolman.

Did we miss anything? What are your favourite international bookshops in the Netherlands? Tell us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2018, and was fully updated in April 2023 for your reading pleasure.

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Amanda Steck
Amanda Steck
I am a Mexican girl, born to a Swiss father and married to a Dutch guy, living in The Netherlands for 9 years (oh how time flies!). I have a background in Biology and Veterinary medicine and a passion for travel, writing, baking, reading, discovering bookshops jumping around like crazy and red dresses. I also blog at Poppies and Ice-cream.

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  1. There is English Bookstore Maastricht, located at Frankenstraat 149, 6224 GM Maastricht. They sell a good variety of both new and second-hand book for children and adults.

    • Hey Shaun, thanks for the comment! You’re right, it does look like Duli Delft has since left the Netherlands and moved to Brazil. We’ve updated the article now!

  2. I cannot believe ABC (American Book Center) is not on this list. Their flagship store in Amsterdam opened in the 70’s, if I’m not mistaken, and there are two locations in The Hague. Amazing staff and genre fiction, as well as their own printing press!

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