English Bookstores in Warsaw and other book related tips
Which are the best bookstores in Warsaw for English speakers? Unfortunately, there aren’t that many bookstores in Warsaw and the choice of books in English is rather limited. However, we managed to find quite a few that offer fiction, nonfiction, design, architecture, photography and other kinds of technical books.
In the past years, many of us abandoned the good old fashioned books, the ones you can touch and smell, for the practical, space-saving, portable ebook readers. But is the traditional “real” book really dead? Is it really obsolete and meant to disappear soon? If so, how the heck are we going to fill our bookcases?
We believe that books are not going to disappear. There is something special about holding a book in your hands and displaying it proudly on your bookcase.
In this post we are going to tell you about:
- places in Warsaw where you can get your hands on second-hand books for crazy low prices,
- a list of bookstores in Warsaw filled with new books in English,
- the best library in Warsaw to borrow foreign titles for free,
- a list of online bookshops + a couple of ways to support this website 🙂
Second-hand Bookstores in Warsaw with English titles
This recently opened bookstore in Warsaw has a nice selection of English books. The owner, Paweł Woźniak, shares our love for books that you can actually hold in your hands. He has a website as well as a shop in Mokotow.
Where: Puławska 140, Warsaw
Price: a second-hand book for 6 PLN (50% discount if you bring another book)
This was one of our first finds in Warsaw. A hidden gem in Praga Poludnie. The place is just perfect, old, cozy and filled with books and vinyls. It’s divided into two parts, one of which hosts a decent selection of English titles. Nothing compared to their full collection of Polish books, but still worth to go check it out.
Where: Ludwika Kickiego 12, Warsaw
Price: a second-hand book from around 5 PLN to 18 PLN
Other Bookstores in Warsaw to buy new books in English
Their mission is to bring foreign books to Poland. They have wide selection of English, German, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese books. What’s even better, if you are looking for something they don’t have, they’ll try to find it and order it for you.
Where: Plac Bankowy 4, Warsaw
Bookoff opened its doors in summer 2008 as a specialist online bookstore for the art, photography, design and architecture markets. They are the best in Poland if you want to browse through this kind of books.
Where: Ogrodowa 7, Warsaw
As You Like It
Quaint bookshop with books revolving around design, photography, fashion, architecture and more.
Where: Emilii Plater 4, Warsaw
Similar concept to ‘As you like it’ but with a more modern look.
Where: Chmielna 10, Warsaw
A chain of bookshops located in the biggest museums in Poland offering a large range of art, design and architecture publications. Here you can also find some cute Warsaw related souvenirs (like the crunchable map of Warsaw).
Where: Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Jazdów 2, Warsaw) and other locations
The second floor has a good selection of technical/scientific books in English.
Where: Koszykowa 34/50, Warsaw
Borrow books for free – The best public libraries in Warsaw for English books
The Foreign Languages Library is a part of the Public Library in Praga Południe District.
They have quite a big collection of books, audiobooks, course books (teaching and learning) and films (altogether over 50 000 items) in foreign languages (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, also Ukrainian and Croatian). You can borrow books there completely for free!
Where: Meissnera 5, Warsaw
Price: free (except for movies)
Online catalogue (in Polish)
They also organize free Polish courses (A1 & A2)! Contact them for more info.
This little library also offers books in various languages, as well as audiobooks, e-books and magazines.
Where: Nowolipie 20, Warsaw
Independent English Online Bookstore shipping to Warsaw
Thebookshop.pl is a small and enthusiastic bookshop based in Płock with a great collection of titles for the whole family. They opened two years ago because they could not find the books they wanted for their kids. The shipping cost to Warsaw starts from 6 PLN.
Expats selling books to expats. Sounds good!
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