Like I mentioned in my previous book store post, social media can get you to know a lot of things you didn’t previously did. I probably would have never visited Eindhoven hadn’t I heard that the book store Van Piere was there and was fantastic.
I’m not going to lie. This is for sure a book store to visit.
I was lucky enough to find a parking garage that when we came out of it on foot had the book store right across from it. Husband rolled his eyes so hard. But that is pretty great for those of us that can’t walk that well.
Walking in this was the gorgeous view I got from the left side. I couldn’t even capure it all but it was a grand feeling to see so many book cases lined up from top to bottom with just books. I love that in stores. The below section was just Dutch with literary fiction, history, thriller and two small book cases of fantasy. I found that a bit of a let down. Until I went upstairs..
This is the view from upstairs. You can see that on the right side (or in this photo all the way in the back) is the register, notebooks and cards. There is also a lovely place to sit and chat.
But moving on to the important bit. This plus one more that I couldn’t fit in the picture was ALL English SFF and YA. I think my eye balls might have dropped out of my head when I realized that. Look at all these book cases. Look at all these beauties! I am sure you understand that I spend most of my time upstairs here during my visit. This was on the left wall (upstairs) when you can in. And on the back wall (upstairs) was more thriller/detective and literary books. All English too.
Near the English literary section there was this little table with books by Dutch authors in Dutch which was just very cool to see.
I have one complain about their upstairs and it is kind of a big one. You see on the left side of this picture is the elevator. This is as far up as it goes. And you can clearly see that little stairs there. If you are in a weelchair or can’t get up stairs this is not accessible to you at all.
When you go to the right side of the store and glance to your left you see a stairs go down (the elevator does go all the way down here) and you see more room. As you move towards the bar…
…there are even more books. The section on the right holds more non-fiction. Towards the left there is more travel guides.
However once you get through the travel section you find a bit of comis and the children’s section. There is a small bit of middle grade and younger young adult English there. This is where you will find harry potter and Rick Riordan as you can see. And then to the left of this picture there is a lot for the younger ages.
There is also a small area where you could sit and drink, or in some cases work.
All in all I think Van Piere is a great place to visit as a book lover. Whether you prefer English, Dutch, Fantasy, Literary or Non-Fiction, there is something to find here for everyone. If you live in the area they also regurly host book presentations and events. They also have some reading groups.
When I bought my books (or rather husband gifted them to me) I got these two book marks that make a picture, It is so cute!