When you think of a proper bookshop, you’re likely to imagine the small, overfilled rooms hidden in side streets. Hidden gems, some may say.
We love them, but we also love the upgraded versions which display magazines as works of art. Below we shall let you in on some of the best.
SODA Books – Berlin, Germany
So this one isn’t local. But that’s nothing a short flight can’t fix! This bookshop oozes minimalism, with clean lines and a light grey shade covering both the floor and ceiling. The magazines, which range from art and fashion to travel and photography, almost resemble large works of art for the walls, which are already adorned with clusters of white scribbles. Certainly one stop to make if you happen to be strolling around Berlin one Sunday afternoon.
SODA, Weinbergsweg 1, 10119 Berlin
Kioskafé – London, UK
Tucked in a side street in Paddington, this part bookshop-part coffee bar is another venture from media brand Monocle. Although small, it is instantly recognizable from its black and white striped awning. Here, publications are lined up shoulder to shoulder or overlapped, to resemble traditional newsstands. Newspapers from around the globe are sold here, as well as magazines. Don’t see the paper you’re after? Just ask and it will get printed there and then. Might as well grab a coffee while you wait! As well as printed media, travel essentials, such as toiletries and stationery, are also sold here. Ideal pit stop around Paddington station.
Kioskafé, 31 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QH
Wardour News – London, UK
Ok, so technically this is a newsagent, but it has more magazines for sale than anything else. The busy shop, in Soho, is probably one of the most famous newsagents in London, with art and design enthusiasts flocking from all over the country to have a gander. They have such a vast collection of magazines from all over the world and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, the super-friendly staff will aim to get hold of it for you.
Tip: If you end up spending a particularly large amount, like we did, you may get offered free confectionery. I have a sweet tooth, so of course I accepted the offer.
Wardour News, 118-120 Wardour St, London, W1F 0TU
Club Monaco Flagship – NYC, USA
Club Monaco is a high end clothing retailer, founded in Canada and owned by Polo Ralph Lauren. However, in its flagship store in the Flatiron District of NYC, there is a small bookshop operated by The Strand, alongside an espresso bar by Toby’s Estate Coffee. The bookshop section is cosy, with books filling the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, armchairs and a fireplace. It has a real home-like feel but still blends well with the high-end design of the rest of the store. Ideal place to hide on a wintry New York day.
Club Monaco, 160 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010