They work independently, approach their job creatively, and actively promote the love of reading among Poles. They are key figures in Warsaw’s cultural life, who mustn’t be overlooked. Introducing 5 bookstores that attract both local and foreign readers.
Tajfuny | Chmielna 12, 00-020 Warsaw
The publisher aims to introduce readers to East Asian culture and literature. Located in the heart of Warsaw, this is the only bookstore offering Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese literature in both Polish and English languages. Their aim is to bring Far Eastern literary classics and recent works by contemporary writers to other nations. The publisher invites contemporary Asian artists to design the book covers. In addition to books, the shop also features objects promoting oriental culture, and its unique window display is a real eye-catcher.
Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry | Aleja 3 Maja 2, 00-391
The bookstore’s main profile is children’s and young people’s books, aimed to encourage them to read. They believe that children deserve the best of everything, including culture. Their books help them learn about the world, develop social skills, and stimulate their imagination. In addition to selling books, the Dwie Siostry shop also organizes workshops for children.
Księgarnia Bullerbyn | Chmielna 10, 00-020
The shop, which also specializes in children’s books, sells both literarily and graphically outstanding works, which are easy for children to grasp. The shop window is also colorful and highly eye-catching. In addition to books, the shop also offers a wide range of great audiobooks, toys featuring heroes from classic children’s literature, and unique puppets.
Big Book Cafe | Dąbrowskiego 81
The Big Book Cafe was set up six years ago by an NGO promoting literature. The bookstore doubles as a café and is the perfect venue for literary lectures, events, workshops, or even theatrical performances. They are also behind one of Poland’s leading festivals, the Big Book Festival, which is entirely funded by the proceeds from book sales.
Księgarnia Artystyczna Bookoff | Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22
Warsaw’s Bookoff is one of the most unique bookstores and a very popular one among locals, which is no coincidence, as it is housed in the Museum of Modern Art. The store is mainly devoted to art, architecture, and design, offering a wide and unique selection featuring books and art albums often unavailable on the Polish market.
Tajfuny | Web | Facebook | Instagram
Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry | Web | Facebook | Instagram
Księgarnia Bullerbyn | Web | Facebook | Instagram
Big Book Café | Web | Facebook | Instagram
Księgarnia Artystyczna Bookoff | Web | Facebook | Instagram
Source: Label magazine