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City Hunter: Moscow Foreign Literature Bookstores
September 24, 2012 12:50

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To date, there are several bookstores in Moscow that specialize in selling literature in English and other languages, or have a decent foreign books section. In comparison with the 90th, now there are many more English-reading book lovers in the Russian capital. And this fact prompts the bookstore owners to enlarge their supply of contemporary foreign literature, offering not only the school classics, but a good selection of fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and several new business editions.

Moscow “Dom Knigi”, “Biblio-Globe” and “Moskva” are giant, labyrinthine bookstores with huge selections in their foreign books sections, while “Respublika” and “Bookberry” are more modern, trendy and stylish bookstores. Some business editions are more expensive in Moscow than in many places abroad. In this case, if you don’t mind waiting and are interested in saving your penny, it’s possible to order from Amazon, but firstly, better visit the following bookstores and enjoy the variety they offer.

House of Foreign Books

This is probably one of the best foreign literature bookshops in the city. Plenty of novels from classics to bestsellers, along with the reference books, various non-fiction editions and travel guides are offered here. The range of English-language books is extensive.

Address: Kuznetsky Most Str., 18/7. Tel: (495) 628-2021.
Open hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00-21:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun: 10:00-20:00.


Pangloss Foreign Language Bookshop
This bookshop was established especially for selling books in foreign languages. “Pangloss” maintains wide relations with huge European publishing houses and book-selling organizations. And if you can’t find the book you need in Moscow, they are able to order almost anything in a comparatively short time and for a reasonable price.
Address: Bolshoy Cherkassky alley, 13/14, building 4. Tel: (495) 625-5819.
Open hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-19:00. 

”Biblio-Globe” is one of the biggest bookstores in Europe, offering books, CDs, DVDs, office supplies and some antique souvenirs. There’s a wide repertory of foreign language material in a special section here.
Address: Myasnitskaya Str., 6/3. Tel: 781-1900.
Open hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-21:00, Sat 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-20:00.


”Bookberry” is a chain of modern bookshops, both in and around Moscow. 
Pitching itself as the most comfortable place to browse books in Moscow, Bookberry provides a good range of English-language books – bestsellers, classics, historical and art.

Address: Nikitsky Boulevard, 17/1. Tel: (495) 202-6679. 
Open hours: 24/7


Dom Knigi (House of Books)
This shop is probably the best to visit for a tourist: in a massive range of books there you’ll find maps, souvenirs and even genuine Soviet propaganda posters. The English-language section is of a comparable size to the other major bookstores.
Address: Novy Arbat Str., 8. Tel: (495) 789-3591.
Open hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00-21:00, Sat-Sun: 10:00-21:00.

Although this giant bookstore in Tverskaya Street has a rather limited range of English-language material – mainly classics and bestsellers, you’ll find some useful textbooks for learning Russian here as well as English-language travel guides.
Address: Tverskaya Str., 8. Tel: (495) 629-6483.
Open hours: Daily: 0:00-1:00.

It is a new and trendy place in the centre of Moscow, with a more modern feel than in the traditional bookstores. The English language selection is quite decent, and there are also French, Spanish, German and Italian language books, as well as a range of souvenirs. 

Address: 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str., 10. Tel: (495) 251-6527.
Open hours: Daily: 10:00-22:00.


The slogan of this store is “Hunting for intelligence”, that is why they offer a great choice of the educational foreign literature both for kids and adults: school books, dictionaries, maps, reference books, etc. will help to prepare to any kind of exam.
Address: Krivokolenny alley, 9, building 1. Tel: (495) 623-0322.
 Open hours: Daily: 9:00-21:00.

“Britannia” offers a wide range of foreign literature issued by Longman, Cambridge, Macmillan, Hueber, Penguin, Random House, etc. There are also academic, educational and fiction books in Italian, German, French, and Spanish languages.
Address: Bahrushina Str., 28. Tel: (495) 959-2058/64/66/72/84. 
Open hours: Daily: 09:00-21:00




Address: Bolshoy Cherkassky alley, 13/14, building 4. Tel: (495) 625-5819.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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