Top 6 Bookstores in Berlin


These days we spend most of our time in front of the screen which is why we appreciate the quite hours that we get to spend with a good book and a warm cup of tea, diving into the world of the printed word even more.

These days we spend most of our time in front of the screen which is why we appreciate the quite hours that we get to spend with a good book and a warm cup of tea, diving into the world of the printed word even more.
Of course we’re also keen collectors of great Magazines and coffee-table books, such as The Monocle Guide to Better Living, The Kinfolk Table or Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. Today we’d like to introduce you to our favorite spots to get our hands on the latest publications. Enjoy.


Motto at Skalitzer Straße in Kreuzberg was actually the first physical branch of the Motto distribution company which supplied over 100 stores around the world with the most interesting publications, so their selection is quite distinguished. They’ve put their focus on photography and art books that you’ll not find everywhere and that are often printed in small editions. At first you might feel a bit overwhelmed by this small space crammed with books, but you’ll soon find that they mastered to display their variety quite well so take your time and go through the titles, we’re sure you’ll leave this store with your new favorite read.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
10997 Berlin
Open Monday – Saturday: 12am – 8pm
Contact: [email protected]



No need to introduce this store to all Berliners but if you’re in town for a visit and you’re a magazine lover you should definitely pay Do You Read Me?! at Auguststrasse a visit. Located in the midst of Berlin’s art and Gallery scene, the shop offers a selected assortment of magazines and readings from around the world. Their spectrum ranges from fashion, photography and art, through architecture, interior and design to cultural matters and society.
Interesting also for Berliners is their Reading Room where you can join lectures, exhibitions and discussions on a regular basis.

Do You Read Me?!
Auguststrasse 28
10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 7.30pm
Contact: [email protected]



At Pro qm you’ll find literature around the topics of urban development, politics, pop culture, economic critique, architecture, arts and design. Here you can also find a wide selection of publications in English language and spend hours going through the titles to discover some exciting rarities. When inside the store it rather feels like you’re exploring the extensive private library of a friend than a shop, so the invitation to come over and browse the shelves always stands. They also host smaller events, that you can find here.

Pro qm
Almstadtstraße 48-50
10119 Berlin
Open Monday – Saturday 11am – 8pm
Contact: [email protected]



Located right around the corner from our studio, Ocelot claims to be ‘not just another bookstore’. Here the written word is in the thick of things, no matter if on- or offline, printed or digital, what matters is that people read and (re)discover their love for texts. So you can take a closer look at their carefully selected range of over 2 million titles in their café at the store as well as on their homepage.

Brunnenstr. 181
10119 Berlin
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Contact: Contact Form



Shakespeare and Sons is where books and coziness meet. Here you can easily take a good read from one of the well-stocked shelves and enjoy it while having a coffee, a delicious bagel or cake. Shakespeare and Sons offer used as well as new books of every genre, from fiction to philosophy to children’s to art. The laid-back, comfy atmosphere is what makes this shop unique.

Shakespeare and Sons
Raumerstrasse 36
10437 Berlin
Open Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm
Contact: [email protected]



Walther König sits right next to the Museumsinsel offering a huge selection of art-inclined material: books on art history, architecture, photography, design and philosophy. The assortment is unbelievably broad so if you’re looking for anything specific, this is where you should go to look for it and if you’re not able to spot it in the shelves, the friendly and well-trained staff will sure do the trick.

Walther König
Burgstraße 27
10782 Berlin
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Contact: [email protected]


Photography by Ana Santl | Words by Caroline Kurze

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