The American Book Center, Amsterdam

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At The American Book Center, find an enormous range of English language books and magazines (mostly from the US) spread across three floors. The store makes an ideal place to stock up on vacation reading material should you run out, or simply to browse. Friendly, knowledgeable staff will point you in the direction of any particular books you're looking for, and provide recommendations if you can't decide. Work out when and for how long to visit The American Book Center and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site.
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  • In a corner of the book centre is a fantastic little Harar Coffee shop serving fantastic coffee and the best hot chocolate in the city. The cakes are delicious too and all served by a very personable....  more »
  • You can find just about anything you want in here..the staff all speak English and even though the place is heaving they know where everything is...diaries..calenders..and much more.  more »
  • Nice and stylish place with LOTS of books, so you won't leave without one. I wish there were more sofas or places to chill, but otherwise it's still one of the coolest bookstores I've been to
  • I've never been able to figure out who exactly goes to ABC, besides students as they offer a special discount for this group of readers. They are one of the best stocked stores on graphic novels and manga's, but I've never once found a novel that I liked in any other department. The store is a lot more quiet and lighter than the (very nearby located) Waterstones, and the staircase is done beautifully, which makes it an attractive place to spent a bit of time. But when focusing solely on books, I will recommend other places in the city.

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