St Petersburg bookstores are like any other bookshops in the world, a cozy place to retreat from the digital world and delve into your favorite literature, on this occasion Russian.
Saint Petersburg as in the whole of Russia, is home to an impressive collection of engaging and extensive bookshops open from morning till late that celebrate the country's extraordinary literary history and culture, for which it is famous worldwide.
We do no doubt that any type of reader browsing through the aisles of St Petersburg bookstores will be able to find what they like, as well as enjoy a cup of coffee in serenity, or even buy a Russian souvenir or a postcard. From classical and contemporary Russian
literature, to political journalism and cooking, or fiction, there is no lack of choice here.
The only downside for a foreigner could be the language barrier! Unfortunately, the majority of books lined up on the shelves of the city's bookstores are written in Russian. But don't despair! There are also a few nice bookshops where you can buy books in English, just keep reading.☺
If you’re a book lover like us, or you simply want to spend a few hours
visiting antique and second-hand bookstores in search of that Russian
classic that’s been on your must-read list, below you can find a list of
the best central St Petersburg Bookstores featuring a selection of foreign language books. Click on the links below to learn more about each of them.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 28 | St Petersburg 191186, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 448-23-55
"Books for everyone"
This landmark bookstore known locally as the Singer House or Houe of the Book (Dom Knigi) is strategically located in a beautiful building with a gorgeous Venetian style interior. Over 150,000 books are stocked here ranging from fiction to political journalism, nature, philosophy, children’s books, maps, guide books, art and culture albums, cookbooks, foreign books (in many languages), movies – in brief, here you can find every genre imaginable. There’s a café where you can take a book to read or drink something, a souvenir section where you can buy a gift to bring home, and much more. The best part of the bookstore is its enormous panoramic windows from where you can get a nice view of the famous Nevsky Prospekt. If you are looking for some unique and classy gifts this is really the place to go right in the center.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 28 | St Petersburg 191023, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 640-44-06
"A charming bookstore with competitive prices"
Knizhnaya Lavka Pisateley is one of the
oldest St Petersburg bookstores. The name hasn’t changed since it was founded
in the 1930s and the shop is protected by the Russian government. No rent is paid so their prices are
significantly cheaper than other bookshops. Through its history, this has been the place where famous poets have
held poetic readings and they continue to do so today. Step in for a look, sit and enjoy the charming atmosphere. We're sure you will like it as much as we do!
Address: Liteiny Avenue, 57 | St Petersburg 191014, Russia | Phone (+7) 800 500-25-09
This is a family specialist bookstore established in Saint Petersburg in 1926. The store known as the Subscription Editions is filled from floor to ceiling with an interesting selection of Russian literature some from lesser-known publishers, as well as rare books. They have children’s books, publications on art and design, contemporary non-fiction and classical and modern literature. They also sell unusual notebooks, souvenirs of their own production, badges, and other novelties. A coffee house (Meet Joe) inside the store is where you can leaf through your favorite book while enjoying a refreshment. If you have time, give it a try!
Address: Fontanka River Em., 38 | St Petersburg 191025, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 579-82-84
"For queen's English books"
Anglia British Bookshop, handily situated in central St Petersburg is the place to go if you can’t face reading Russian playwright Anton Chekov’s plays in Cyrillic. Expats and tourists flock to this bookstore each year where they can find a large selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction in English (and a few other foreign languages). Children’s books are here too, and whether you’re looking for a reference book, a dictionary, a Russian study guide, or just anything in English then you’re sure to find some reading material here.
Address: Nevsky Prospekt, 46 | St Petersburg 191186, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 244-96-52
"The largest chain of St Petersburg bookstores"
Bookvoed has a huge assortment of books and even some comic books in Russia (Marvel/Manga). Here not only you can find a library, but also school provisions, gifts, souvenirs, and hobby and writing materials too. The café out back hosts free guitar sessions, poetry readings, and free WiFi. They even have an interesting second-hand book section and a children’s section. There is also a sizeable English language book section that has some paperbacks to stock up on for your upcoming journeys. All manner of books (over 2 million) can be ordered from Bookvoed’s on-line store in all world languages, or you can buy them at the bookshop.
Address: Italyanskaya Street, 33 | St Petersburg 191023, Russia | Phone (+7) 981 702-02-28
"Geeks welcomed here"
At 28-OY visitors will find a huge and nice selection of comics and graphic novels from well-known publishers, many in their original form, i.e. not translated to Russian. The staff loves geeks who love comics and the bookshop it’s also a magic place to shop. Their website has a delightful design that encapsulates their comic spirit and items can be purchased via their website. In addition to comics, they also sell T-shirts emblazoned with motifs from your favorite comic strip. Badges, vinyl records, unusual notebooks can also be purchased. Definitely one of the most independents and original St Petersburg bookstores, worth visiting, if you have time.