Whether you are travelling or are at home, no matter if it is just a few pages or an entire book, reading is fun. However, sometimes, you do not know exactly what you should read or where you could buy your next favourite book. Nowadays, you can find foreign language books in the larger bookstores and malls. Nevertheless, if you want a really large selection, we recommend the list below, in which we present the Budapest bookstores where you can expect a large selection of foreign language books.
Bestsellers is located in District 5 of the capital at 11 Október 6 Street. Customers are welcome from Monday to Saturday. It opened in 1992 and was formerly a grocery store. From 1995, it was a bookstore specialising in the social sciences at the Central European University for 9 years. It expanded in 2004 and has been operating as a general and scientific bookstore ever since. Even foreign newspapers and magazines can be found here, as well as DVDs. Their motto is “Through Books to Knowledge and Dreams”.
The Atticus second-hand bookstore is located at 19 Abóth Street in District 7 in Budapest. Visitors can shop here on weekdays. Here, you can not only buy but also sell books. It was named after Atticus, a Roman historian and knight who was a major bookseller and publisher in his age. The two-storey shop has approximately 40,000 books on various topics, available in a large number of foreign languages. It may not seem big on the outside, but if someone goes in, they are guaranteed to find the right reading. There is a discount for students and returning customers as well, so it is worth coming back to them or visiting them online.
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Di-Plant is located in District 8 of Budapest, at 16 Gyulai Pál Street. They opened in 1994, and books to help you learn a language, as well as foreign language literature, have been available ever since. There is a large selection of other domestic and foreign literary books. They are connected to hundreds of schools and teachers. Since 2007, an online webshop has made life easier for shoppers.
Massolit Budapest Books and Café
Massolit Books & Café in Budapest is open every day. It is located in the heart of Budapest’s Jewish quarter. The name of the place refers to Bulgakov’s world-famous novel The Master and Margarita. Both second-hand and new books can be found, some of which are a particular rarity in Eastern Europe. It is not only worth visiting for books, as the place has a wonderful café with delicious coffees, tea specialities, and cakes. The atmosphere is made even more complete by the peaceful garden. Unfortunately, they are temporarily closed at the moment, but hopefully, this will end as soon as possible, and we can relax again in this amazing place.
Yellow Zebra Bookstore
The Yellow Zebra Bookstore in District 6 is behind the Opera. They have more than 15,000 great-quality second-hand books in their store. They buy, sell, and exchange foreign language books. Among the many genres, you can find classics, science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, history, and dictionaries. Also available are works by Eastern European writers, books in the fields of gastronomy, psychology, sociology, so, really, everything. The shop is an excellent place for acoustic concerts and poetry readings. They have a café as well, offering tea, coffee, or other beverages.