Boekhandel Dominicanen, chosen as the most beautiful bookstore in the world

My obsession with literary tourism started back in 2008 when I saw The Guardian’s list of the world’s 10 best bookshops in the world. Right on top of that list was a bookstore only a one-hour drive away from me, but it still took me years until I finally visited it. Since then, I’ve walked through its doors more times than I can count, and I’ve completely fallen in love with it.

It wasn’t always like that though. I still remember my first visit like it was yesterday. I was so excited to visit the bookstore that I sat in front of the doors, waiting for the store to open. Years of anticipation made me hold my breath while I walked through the doors (that’s not some fancy writer’s description, it really happened), and… got really disappointed.

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From the outside, it doesn’t look like much…

No, I can’t fully explain why this beautiful church-turned-bookstore managed to disappoint me, but it honestly took me three visits to finally appreciate its beauty. (There might be something wrong with me…) It wasn’t as big as I expected and the metal book case in the center was so weird to me. I might have been expecting a little too much…

Now, I’m totally in love though. There something so magical about standing in an old church and seeing it completely filled with books. I’m not the most religious of people, but I would visited this church every week! Before you start looking for a book, you should really sit down and have a coffee so you can enjoy the view of the church.

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But look how beautiful it looks on the inside!

So is Boekhandel Dominicanen worth the visit? To be honest, it’s such an amazing bookstore that I honestly think you should visit it if you’re ever in the neighborhood. And you can see “neighborhood” as any distance you see fit to drive as you shouldn’t miss this. If you’re wondering, yes, this bookstore has a great selection of English books and you’ll definitely won’t come out empty-handed.

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Have you ever visited Boekhandel Dominicanen and what did you think? If you didn’t, would you like to visit it someday? Let me know in the comments!

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