This is one of the spots that can be truly hidden for someone in a rush or for somebody only visiting the main spots in Amsterdam. It’s a spot you easily walk by but it’s actually one you should stop for.
The bookcase is located in a porch, just across Sarphatipark. It’s filled with books (most of them in Dutch). The idea behind the case is simple. You can take a book, read it and keep it, but in return, you have to place a book in the case. It’s a kind of nostalgic idea as you don’t know where the books come from, who have had them and where your book will go. Their assortment always changes and is always up to date. Not to the latest releases, but the most unique ones.
If you find yourself having a quiet day off when you’re here: try going to the Pijp. Start your day at the market and end up in the lovely and quiet Sarphatipark. Make sure you bring a book you think will have a better destiny here and trade it for something new, unique and maybe even better.