Scheltema bookshop in Amsterdam

Bookshop Scheltema LocationA five storeys 1,100-square-meter Scheltema is one of the biggest bookshops in Europe and one of the oldest in the Netherlands (est. 1853). Scheltema is located in a short walking distance from the Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) and the shopping centre Kalvertoren. It holds constantly in stock about 38,000 titles, and receives sometimes more than 1,000 new books per day, a large part of it in English. Previously mainly science and educational bookshop, today it is trying to attract wider public. It displays books dedicated to various disciplines on 800 shelving sections. It also has a good international magazines section on the ground floor. Its large department of remaindered books, so called in Dutch Ramsj, sells at much lower prices interesting leftovers mainly from England and the US. Scheltema sell also used books.

Bookshop Scheltema SelectionThe shop organises lectures, signing of the books by known writers and festive introductions of the new publications. Check their website for the schedule, the lectures are free, but have in mind that most of the discourses are in Dutch.

On the modest wall space of the shop’s staircase, interesting photography exhibitions take place. Quiet and full of light café on the first floor, serves good espresso with cake or a sandwich and a lunch in the afternoon. Its windows open to the Herengracht canal - not a bad place for a moment of rest during your visit in the busy Amsterdam centre.

Opening hours

Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 12am – 6pm

Bookshop Scheltema Canal ViewFive floors of Scheltema are connected with an elevator but only from the second floor, while an escalator connect it with the entry, thus the bookshop is not prepared to receive wheelchair bound clients.


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Scheltema bookshop in Amsterdam
Koningsplein 20
1017 BB   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 5231411

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