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Bratislava Book Shops

Big Ben Book Shop
La Reduta
Slovenský Spisovateľ
Kníhkupectvo
Ex Libris
Art Forum

Big Ben Book Shop

Although somewhat small, Big Ben still has the largest selection of English-language literature in Bratislava. Penguin classics, dictionaries, travel guides and modern fiction paperbacks can all be found. Prices are a bit expensive by local standards, but the staff is friendly and will special order any book upon request. Newspapers like USA Today and The Guardian are available. Magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and The Economist can also be purchased.
Open Mon-Fri 9:00-18:30, Sat 10:00-13:00. Michalská 1. Tel:5443 3632.


La Reduta

This pleasant bookshop's English-language selection consists primarily of travel guides and art and photography books. English, French, Spanish and Russian literature can also be found. Some English language magazines, art calendars and pretty Bratislava postcards also make La Reduta worth a visit.
Open Mon-Sat 9:00-19:00, Sunday 13:00-19:00. Palackého 2. Tel: 5443 0203.


Slovenský Spisovateľ

In the old town, this primarily Slovak-language book shop offers a small selection of tourist guides on Slovakia, maps and postcards.
Open Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00, Sat 9:00-13:00. Laurinská 2. Tel: 5443 3760.


Kníhkupectvo

Located opposite the women's designer clothing store Max and Mara, this small shop offers Penguin classics, some modern paperback fiction, dictionaries and anthologies of English literature.
Open Mon-Fri 9:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-18:00. Rybárska brána 1. Tel: 5443 2650.


Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a an art-book shop with a small section of English language art-books and calendars in English.
Open Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00. Michalská 4. Tel: 5443 2441.


Art Forum

Located in Palisády amidst crumbling Baroque villas, this lovely bookshop is more valuable as a community notice board than as an English-language book shop. The English literature selection is small, but the notice board is useful for expats looking for a place to live, a place to practice yoga or a place to sign up for aerobic classes.
Open Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 9:00-13:00. Kozia 20. Tel: 5441 1898.


Compiled by Andrea Chalupová

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