A Scottish Bookseller in Berlin…
This month I was fortunate enough to visit Berlin for a week, maybe my favourite city in the world (Edinburgh excepted, obviously). With my long-suffering partner in tow, we trawled the city’s bookshops, and I thought when I returned it might be nice to feature just a few with English-language departments of note. This guide is by no means exhaustive, and hopefully the Golden Hare Team can offer more city bookshop guides in the future!
Dussman das KulturKaufhaus
Friedrichstraße 90, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
This enormous bookshop is on bustling Friedrichstrasse, in a department store known as the KulturKaufhaus. There is an enormous German-language section and a stationery department to bankrupt any ardent pen fan (the Leuchtturm 1917 display was particularly enthralling), and towards the back of the shop there’s a very large English language department!
Featuring German authors, recommendations and a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction (there’s a mezzanine floor), this is an essential visit for any book-seeker in the German capital. From here I picked up non-fiction anthology Love And Ruin, a selection of the finest essays and reportage from the US Atavist magazine, which I promptly started stocking at the Golden Hare!
Ebert und Weber
Falckensteinstr. 44, 10997 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Not on my bookshop hitlist, this little treasure trove was just over the Oberbaumsbrucke from where we were staying in Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg – the unassuming and charming Ebert und Weber. Mostly German books but a selection in English, this very cute store has been going since 2006 and features a number of design, cookery and art books, as well as popular fiction and non-fiction.
I loved the thoughtful design of the bookcases, and the display cubes throughout the shop featured the bookish highlights. I could have spent a small fortune in here! But I limited myself to US editions of Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies and Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women.
Weserstraße 210, 12047 Berlin (Neukolln)
Venturing through Kreuzberg into Neukolln, we also stumbled across Bunbury Buchladen, another shop mainly selling German books but with a small selection of English-language titles. With books piled on the upright piano and old books used to stuff the door open, this shop had more of a higgledy-piggledy feel, but the books were clearly carefully chosen and fit around the friendly owner’s taste. A lovely find!