Frankly speaking quite a lot of old book stores are located in the historical centre. Some specialize on technical literature or very old books, even antiques. This exact store I know because of its convenient location (Sennaya square), I visit it relatively often and have already bought a couple of books there. They offer a variety of fiction, non-fiction books, literature for children, collected works of Russian authors mostly and a section “whatever you take it will cost you 50 Rubles”. Prices in general are lower than in chain book shops.
Looking at many of those books and especially at collected works, I recall my parents’ bookshelves. In soviet times it was a common practice to buy collected works in 10-18 volumes of Leo Tolstoy for example, or another writer. The point behind it: the series like many goods back then were limited and one had to purchase them right-away to enrich the home library. In the end many apartments had – and still have – exactly the same collections in bookcases.
It’s very quiet inside, few visitors, tall bookcases all over the room, a library atmosphere. One might buy an authentic old one or a book with handwritten wishes, e.g. “to my beloved sister (or brother) on his 30th Birthday”. A book was and still is considered a good present here.
Warning: books are in Russian! Postcards are universal.
Staraya Kniga | Shopping | Book +/- RUB 200
Spasskiy pereulok, h. 11 | +78123100884
Mon – Sat 11:00 – 20:00, Sun 11:00 – 19:00