English Bookstores in Budapest

4 comments Posted by: Roberta Gyori

Budapest has a good number of bookshops with English-language literature and it's fairly easy to get a hold of books in English, both new and second hand. Whether you are looking for something in particular or just want to browse around, here is a round-up of the best English-language bookshops in Budapest, listed in no particular order. Happy reading!


English Bookstores in Budapest


Opened in 1992, Bestsellers is the oldest and one of the best English-language bookshops in Budapest. With over 10,000 titles in English, Bestsellers is also one of the largest English bookstores in the city. You'll find books ranging from classic and contemporary literature to collections on history, politics, science, gastronomy, travel and children's books along with an impressive magazine selection. If you don't find the publication you are looking for they'll order it at no extra charge. Bestsellers also carries French and German books, newspapers and DVDs released in the UK.

Address: Október 6 utca 11, Budapest, District 5 Phone: (+36-1) 312-1295 Website: bestsellers.hu Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm


This friendly little bookshop, specializing in new and used books, has a great selection of fiction. The densely stacked shelves display a wide range of classic and contemporary novels from English-speaking writers and English translations, science fiction, suspense and books on current affairs, history and politics. They also have children’s books and young-adult fiction. The used English-language book section is located in the basement. Bookstation's cozy reading corner and inner courtyard make it easy to enjoy any book.

Address: Katona József utca 13, Budapest, District 13 Phone: (+36-1) 413-1158 Website: bookstation.hu Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday: closed


English Bookstores in Budapest

Alexandra's Bookcafé

Hungary’s largest bookstore chain doesn't carry the biggest selection of English books, but they have the city's most elegant bookstore and café. Housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building on Andrássy Avenue, this store has a great atmosphere. Take the escalator to Bookcafé on the top floor and you won't be disappointed either. The gilded interior comes with chandeliers and a fresco-style ceiling. Alexandra has English-, German-, and French-language books on display on the main floor. Much of it consists of classic and contemporary literature, some Hungarian literature translated to English and a few guide books.

Address: Andrássy út 39, Budapest, District 6 Phone: (+36-1) 484-8000 Website: alexandra.hu Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am to 10 pm

Treehugger Dan’s Bookstore & Café

Daniel Swartz, an American expat living in Hungary since 1990, runs this independent bookshop selling used English-language paperbacks. Treehugger Dan’s probably has the biggest second-hand English book selection in Budapest with thousands of titles to choose from at reasonable prices. It's a great place to trade your quality English and American books. Many book readings and social events are organized throughout the year. They serve fair-trade coffee and tea.

Address: Lázár utca 16, Budapest, District 6 Phone: (+36-1) 269-3843 Website: treehugger.hu Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm, Summer hours: 9:30 am to 8 pm, daily


This little bookshop near Margaret Island specializes in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian books. They carry titles in classic and contemporary literature, children's books and a wide range of language books. The friendly staff helps you find what you’re looking for. They can also special order books from anywhere in the world if they don’t have them in stock. Students and teachers receive a 15% discount.

Address: Újpesti rakpart 5, Budapest, District 13 Phone: (+36-1) 288-0771 Website: famuluskonyv.hu Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am to 6 pm , Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday: closed

Massolit Books & Café

English Bookstores in Budapest


The newest edition to Budapest's English-language bookstore scene is a branch of Massolit Books in Krakow. The name comes from Mikhail Bulgakov's great novel, The Master and Margarita, and it refers to an imaginary communist writer's union. The store specializes in Central and Eastern European politics, history, Jewish history, art and culture as well as some contemporary literature. Massolit also carries a good number of Central and Eastern European writers translated to English and several publications in Polish. They host regular author events, readings and discussions in English. Massolit also offers American pies, cakes and cookies along with coffee, tea and free WiFi.

Address: Nagy Diófa utca 30-32, Budapest, District 7 Phone: (+36-1) 788-5292 Website: massolit.hu Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm, Sunday: closed

Írók Boltja

Voted several times 'the bookstore of the year', Írók Boltja (Writers' Bookshop) is the place to go if you are looking for Hungarian fiction and non-fiction translations. They carry over 1,000 books in English, including titles on architecture, design, fine arts, photography and travel. Dictionaries and encyclopedias are also available. Írók Boltja continues the legacy of Café Japan that once occupied the spot and was a popular gathering place for writers in Budapest at the beginning of 19th century. Book launches, literary events and writer-reader meetings are held regularly.

Address: Andrássy út 45, Budapest, District 6 Phone: (+36-1) 322-1645 Website: irokboltja.hu Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday: 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday: closed

CEU Bookshop

English Bookstores in Budapest

CEU Bookshop

This independent bookshop near the Central European University (CEU) specializes in academic publications (great for students) and non-fiction books about the region. CEU Bookshop has one of the most comprehensive collections of English-language writings on Hungary and Eastern Europe, focusing on finance, economics, business management, politics, law, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and philosophy. They also sell publications by the CEU Press (usually about Central- and Eastern-European social issues), Hungarian literature (translated to English) and a selection of newspapers, post cards and calendars.

Address: Zrinyi utca 12, Budapest, District 5 Phone: (+36-1) 327-3096 Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday: closed


This branch of Libri, another major bookstore chain in Hungary, is devoted to foreign books. Their selection includes literature, pop fiction, history, gastronomy, travel and art. You'll also find a number of Hungarian novels, both classic and contemporary literature, translated into several languages. The English-language book section is on the ground floor.

Address: Váci utca 22, Budapest, District 5 Phone: (+36-1) 318-5680 Website: libri.hu Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday: closed

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  1. Mary Wiegand opines:

    Do you have a book written by
    Paul Wiener of Paris france which has been translated into Hungarian
    The topic is Hitler and I think the translation was done by Miklos Bokor.

    Thank you for any assistance you may have


    Mary Wiegand

  2. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Mary Wiegand - I believe the book you are looking for is titled “Leszámolhatunk-e Hitlerrel?” written by Paul Wiener and Miklós Bokor (“Peut-on en finir avec Hitler?” in French). It was published in 2010 and the best place to check for it would be online at bookline.hu and at lira.hu.

  3. Claire opines:

    Hi there,

    Thank you for the suggestions and descriptions. Actually I came here after visiting Treehugger Dan’s website.

    Please refer to this and perhaps update your site? It appears that his shop has been ‘taken over’ and he is in legal proceedings. But effectively, another business is currently selling his books and using his loga/mailing list without his consent and he asks that people do not go support that business at this time.

    It is incredible to hear as I always loved that place. He has done so much for expats in general and I feel morally this needs to be known by potential customers who are unaware of this situation.

    But thanks again, as now I have other options to seek.

  4. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Claire - Thanks for the info.

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