Where to buy albums, children’s books, drama fiction and magazines? Here we recommend our favourite bookstores.
1. SUPER SALON
Chmielna St. 10, www.supersalon.org
A tiny place located among other bookshops in Chmielna Street. But it has all we like most: beautifully published albums, magazines, calendars and a good selection of Polish publishers.
2. WRZENIE ŚWIATA
Gałczyńskiego St. 7, www.wrzenie.pl
An ideal combination of a café and a bookstore. Wrzenie Świata specializes in non-fiction. It is run by the creators of the Dowody Istnienia Publishing House – Mariusz Szczygieł and Wojciech Tochman. You can often see here reporters absorbed in a book.
3. BĘC ZMIANA
Mokotowska St. 65, www.sklep.beczmiana.pl
We have no idea if size matters but it turns out the smaller the bookshop is, the better. This Bęc Zmiana’s tiny place is filled to the top with books, albums, magazines on art, architecture and design. You can see here an exhibition and buy a designer gift. It has recently opened the second shop at Hala Gwardii.
4. BIG BOOK CAFÉ
Dąbrowskiego St. 81, www.bigbookcafe.pl
A new spot on the Warsaw map run by the founders of the Big Book Festival. It is also a combination of a cosy café and a bookshop. A common room in Mokotów. Check out for updates because many interesting literary events take place here.
5. GROCHOWSKI ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSHOP
Kickiego St. 12, www.agrochowski.pl
It is worth visiting the right bank of the river because it is probably one of the best antiquarian bookshops in town (visitors have inflated criteria so we don’t want to risk). For sure it is the biggest. There are two adjoining labyrinths with books, newspapers, oldprints, photographs, postcards, knick-knacks and a wide choice of vinyls (new and vintage). You will get there by tram route 22, Kickiego tramstop.
6. DWIE SIOSTRY
3 Maja Av. 2, www.wydawnictwodwiesiostry.pl
A bookshop from a fairytale or “You’ve got mail” movie. Located in Powiśle, with an exemplary selection of books for kids and teenagers, not only those published by Dwie Siostry. You can sit here and drink coffee. The book sellers are extremely helpful so you will not leave empty-handed. It also offers workshops for kids.
Pańska St. 3, www.bookoff.pl
Bookoff has many locations but we recommend the one in Pańska Street at the MoMA with beautiful interior design by Projekt Praga (photo above). Low key exhibitions are showcased in the adjoining space and you can drink coffee in the cafe. Mostly publications on art, architecture and design.
8. JAK WAM SIĘ PODOBA
Emilii Plater St. 4, www.foliobooks.pl
A cameral bookstore located in the heart of Warsaw. Perfect service, unique atmosphere and a fine selection of books and albums. Many English language publications so we highly recommend this place to tourists.
9. RADIO I TELEWIZJA
Gen. Andersa St. 29, www.radiotelewizja.org
They call themselves “the first café and bookstore for cityholics”. And indeed books on towns are dominant here. However, there is also a first floor with books and play zone dedicated to kids. Drop by when visiting the nearby Polin museum.
Chmielna St. 10, www.wytwornia.com
There are many excellent children’s bookshops in Warsaw and the list is almost endless. So we recommend the two neighbouring places located in the very centre of Warsaw: Wytwórnia and Bullerbyn. Not only kids will be satisfied from shopping there as books for kids are perfect nowadays.