Artforum is not just a local bookshop, it’s a whole institution and a cultural symbol. In the fierce competition with bigger chains, they decided continue selling only quality books and magazines, carefully picked by their helpful staff.
There’s so much I could write about this book temple, but I’ll just stick to my experience. First of all, it’s in one of the nicest areas of town, where I like to stroll aimlessly and usually wind up here. It’s like a comforting and familiar place where I can go through the shelves for a while, wanting to buy everything and feeling like the most important thing in life is to just read these clever books on any subject and educate myself!
And that’s a good vibe a bookshop can give you, not one where you only find overpriced books with fancy designs, which will catch dust on your coffee table.
Right now I’m into non-fiction and there’s a huge selection on any topic, from politics, religion, sociology and history to travel guides. There’s also quite a big English section, including the latest releases, cookbooks and classics. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for any family member, including kids.
The staff are super helpful, make sure to ask them when you can’t decide what to buy.
On your way out you can check their original canvas bags or sit down with your new purchase in the café that occupies one corner of the room. They’ve got delicious cakes and coffee!