8 bookstores in Bucharest that will enhance your imagination

8 libraries worth visiting in Bucharest

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! – Doctor Who

Doctor Who may be a science fiction television series, but they do get things so right and in accordance with reality sometimes. Books are the driving force that keeps us exploring the world and being constantly curious is certainly a very important quality you can have. Books can be a good companion in various places – be it when traveling to a festival or just exploring and finding out new places in town.

If you’re looking to arm yourself, here is a list of the best places to do so in Bucharest.

As always, we’re open to suggestions and you can leave a comment with your favorite bookstore in Bucharest so it can be added to the list.

 

Anthony Frost English Bookshop

Adress: Calea Victoriei, 45
Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
More info anthonyfrost.ro

If you stop by Anthony Frost, prepare to get international: you will find literature, arts, non-fiction and comic books from all around the world. This is one of the feeder insider bear’s favorite places and you can find there the feeder insider booklet #02 filled with entertaining conversations with local and international artists alike.

 

Cărturești Carusel

Adress: Lipscani street, 55, old center
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 22:00, Friday – Sunday 10:00 – 23:45
More info carturesticarusel.ro

Situated in the old historical center of the Romanian capital, Cărturești Carusel is a monument-building which reopened its doors after a quarter of a century. Over 10.000 books call Carusel their home, but there’s more: at the last floor you can find Carusel Bistro, downstairs in the basement there is a multimedia space and on the first floor a contemporary art gallery will get you in a creative mood. Music lovers be aware: vinyl can be found at the premises!

 

Humanitas Cișmigiu

Adress: Queen Elisabeta Boulevard, 38
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 21:00, Sunday: 10:00 – 19:00
More info humanitas.ro

Right at the crossway between Bulandra Theatre, University of Bucharest and the Romanian Opera, Humanitas Cișmigiu has a massive variety of books on its hands and you can often attend very interesting events there. Just next week there is a lecture by Mircea Cărtărescu and the launch of The Course of Love by Alain de Botton with speakers Denisa Comănescu, Radu Paraschivescu and Dan C. Mihăilescu.

 

Cărturești Fandom

Adress: Edgar Quinet, no. 9
Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 20:00, Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
More info carturesti.ro // https://www.facebook.com/CarturestiFandom/

This one is for all the nerds out there! Cărturești Fandom, located where the very first Cărturești opened its doors many years ago, is full of comic books, manga, and collectibles.

 

Humanitas Kretzulescu

Adress: Calea Victoriei, 45
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 21:00, Sunday 11:00 – 19:00
More info humanitas.ro

Humanitas Kretzulescu is situated on the old bridge of Mogoșoaia and it is part of the larger Humanitas family. Since February is the month of love, there are some sentiment-fueled sales going on with books on this theme and our recommendation is that you don’t miss this opportunity and buy Alain de Botton‘s Essays in Love, a book that goes through all stages of a relationship with a realism that makes it captivating and relatable.

 

Kyralina

Adress: Biserica Amzei street, no. 10
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
More info kyralina.ro

Kyralina, l’unique librairie française de Bucarest (pardon our French), is a bookstore where you can come with friends and family and find both classical authors and the lesser known contemporary ones. Franco-Belgian comics and graphic novels also can be spotted on the shelves.

Cărturești Verona

Adress: Pictor Arthur Verona, 13
Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
More info carturesti.ro

At Cărturești Verona you can find a large selection of English books, from fiction to specialty publishing, a generous selection of CDs and DVDs, stationery and gifts. Besides the tea room, there is also a cafe and a large terrace, serving food and drinks.

 

Librarium

Adress: Calea Văcărești, 391, Sun Plaza Shopping Center
Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
More info librariumgrup.ro

Librarium Sun Plaza is the sixth bookstore of the Librarium Group along others from Timișoara, Cluj, Iași. Situated on the first floor of the Sun Plaza Shopping Center, it offers a generous and carefully crafted selection of books, music, and films.

Which one is your favorite?

Words by Vlad Dumitrescu
Photos Alex Iacob

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3 Comments
  1. parfumuri ieftine 1 day ago

    ar trebui sa se deschida una in judetul Telerman, ca am auzit ca nu exista nicio biblioteca in tot judetul… poate nu mai voteaza dupa ureche lumea de acolo…

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