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Arkadia International Bookshop

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Why locals love it

It’s a cafe in a bookshop that’s also an intimate concert theatre, a cultural hub and a community house. Basically, it’s a local institution – the kind of place Hemingway would have hung out in if he was still alive and he was Finnish.

Why you should visit it

Curl up here for hours, reading your way through the whole collection or having literary discussions with the natives. Just lovely.

Special tip

The owner Ian has an incredible memory and remembers all the customers, so visit this place many times!

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3 Comments

Truly the best bookshop in the city - nay, the country! - but also so much more. From Arkadia you can find a wide array of used books in various languages (English, French, German, Spanish... the list goes on) on various topics, and for reasonable prices. It's also a cultural venue with almost daily events, and a friendly place where everyone is welcome to have a cup of coffee, read, play chess or a round of pool, or just hang out. An extraordinary atmosphere, an extraordinary place.
Emilia
Local
June 29, 2018
Great place, a million different books. The owner truly knows how to sell his store.
Liza
Traveller
April 28, 2016
This looks lovely. I am exploring the city by myself and I marked this place as one of the to-go places :) Kittos.
Linh
Local
January 1, 2016

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