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A candy store for book aficionados

Sharing love for beautiful books

MENDO is a candy store for book aficionados with a flagship store situated in one of Amsterdam’s most inspirational neighbourhoods, called The 9 Streets (De 9 Straatjes) and an award-winning webshop. Both online and offline, MENDO is fully dedicated to sharing the love for beautiful books.

From the hundreds and thousands of books that are being published every year, people rely on MENDO to select the finest and most relevant ones. MENDO curates on very specific topics: photography, fashion, traveling, lifestyle, culinary books, interior & architecture and graphic design. Moreover, MENDO is known for its unique selection of collector’s editions, which is on display in the store.

For the design of the Amsterdam flagship store MENDO teamed up Concrete Architectural Associates. Concrete came up with a simple, but brilliant idea: a bookstore, made from books. The walls are not made of bricks, but of thousands of black MENDO books. The intimacy of the scenery, combined with the stunning publications by some of the best publishers in the world, has made MENDO one of the most unique and inspiring stores in the Netherlands.

About the design, Concrete’s founder Rob Wagemans says: “Like a house made of bricks, MENDO’s unique bookstore is built with thousands of black books.”

On Facebook Lieke once said: “MENDO equals book porn”. We couldn’t agree more, and you probably can’t either. MENDO is located in the Berenstraat, one of the 9 Streets in the heart of Amsterdam.

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MENDO’s Flagship store is located in The 9 Streets in Amsterdam

Berenstraat 11
1016 GG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Opening hours
Monday 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 11 am to 6 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday 11 am to 6 pm
Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm

Entering the store, customers are surrounded by bookshelves made of cold-worked steel filled with the black books and colorful sections created by the books that are for sale. At the ends of the bookshelves, which run along the entire length of the store, a mirror wall optically doubles the length of the shelves and shop. In the centre of the store bookshelves which have seemingly ‘fallen over’ form small islands where customers are invited to sit down and have a closer look at the items for sale.

Entering the store, customers are surrounded by bookshelves made of cold-worked steel filled with the black books and colorful sections created by the books that are for sale. At the ends of the bookshelves, which run along the entire length of the store, a mirror wall optically doubles the length of the shelves and shop. In the centre of the store bookshelves which have seemingly ‘fallen over’ form small islands where customers are invited to sit down and have a closer look at the items for sale.

MENDO.nl eCommerce site of the Year
Our award-winning webshop, created in collaboration with Build in Amsterdam, is an online translation of our physical store and philosophy. Keitaro Suzuki, member of the jury of Awwwards, said: "This sophistication is born from the balance of functionality and visuality and animation. Everything is expressing the atmosphere of the brand."

Build's co-founder Daan Klaver adds: "Mendo sells the most beautiful books in the world: we wanted the site to be one great stage for their books. It’s a unique experience to buy a book in the physical Mendo store, and we wanted to match that feeling online."

'MENDO equals book porn.'
'MENDO equals book porn.'

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Apart from the carefully curated collection of books on subjects like fashion, photography, interior and lifestyle, MENDO is known for its unique selection of limited edition books on display.

Press images
Sharing MENDO is highly appreciated. Highres press images from our Flagship store can be downloaded here. Be sure to credit photographer Roel Ruijs and MENDO when you download and publish any of these images.

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The Streets of Paris __ The Streets of…series, are a series of books that offer a contemporary take on the classic city photo book. This picture is taken for the Street of Paris book. __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #new york…

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The Streets of… __ The Streets of…series, are a series of books that offer a contemporary take on the classic city photo book. __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #new york #london #paris

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It’s our birthday! __ This week, MENDO is blowing out 18 candles. And we celebrate this by treating you with a € 10 online store credit. __ Use coupon code hip-hip-hurray for €10 online discount. __ #mendobooks #Mendo #Amsterdam #18years

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It’s our birthday! __ This week, MENDO is blowing out 18 candles, which means we’re finally all grown up. MENDO was founded in 2002. That doesn’t only sound like a long time ago, it is a long time ago. To…

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It’s our birthday! __ This week, MENDO is blowing out 18 candles. And we celebrate this by treating you with a € 10 online store credit. __ Use coupon code hip-hip-hurray for €10 online discount. __ #mendobooks #Mendo #Amsterdam #18years

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Meet Mark de Lange; founder and CEO at Ace & Tate. __ In our series Shelf Sessions we climb the shelves of MENDO’s friends. In this episode MENDO’s @mikklz meets @markdelange in his new home in Amsterdam. Photography by Alifya…

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Meet Mark de Lange; founder and CEO at Ace & Tate. __ In our series Shelf Sessions we climb the shelves of MENDO’s friends. In this episode MENDO’s @mikklz meets @markdelange in his new home in Amsterdam. Photography by Alifya…

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Meet Mark de Lange; founder and CEO at Ace & Tate. __ In our series Shelf Sessions we climb the shelves of MENDO’s friends. In this episode MENDO’s @mikklz meets @markdelange in his new home in Amsterdam. __ Read the…

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Peter Lindbergh: Dior __ Published November 2019. Mr Lindbergh photographed DIOR’s most exceptional muses. __ Check MENDO.nl for more information about this book.

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Peter Lindbergh: Dior __ Published November 2019. Mr Lindbergh photographed DIOR’s most exceptional muses. __ Check MENDO.nl for more information about this book.

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Peter Lindbergh: Dior __ Published November 2019. Mr Lindbergh photographed DIOR’s most exceptional muses. __ Check MENDO.nl for more information about this book.

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Only today a signed copy of @pie_aerts book: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled __ Order this MENDO-made book on MENDO.nl: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled from @pie_aerts and receive a signed copy. __ #mendo #mendobooks #talesfromtheroadslesstraveled #madebymendo @teneuespublishing

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Meet Pie Aerts today __ Vist the MENDO brand store in the Berenstraat today after 1.30 PM. and let @pie_aerts tell you all about his book: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled __ 2019 was yet another exciting year for…

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You want to meet Pie Aerts? __ Vist the MENDO brand store tomorrow afternoon after 1.30 PM. and let @pie_aerts tell you all about his book: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled __ 2019 was yet another exciting year for…

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What’s a MENDO book without a MENDO Bookstand? __ A new day. A new page. A new bookstand. __ Check the brand new MENDO Bookstand. Crafted from a single piece of lightweight steel. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookstand

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Amsterdam Uncovered. __ 2019 was yet another exciting year for MENDO-made books: this is our latest, Amsterdam Uncovered. __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdamuncovered #madebymendo

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Looking for gift suggestions from MENDO’s Roy? __ Check MENDO.nl for a selection of 50 wonderful gifts. @royrietstap made a selection of photos from the Amsterdam Uncovered book, made by MENDO. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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Looking for gift suggestions from MENDO’s Gunifort? __ Check MENDO.nl for a selection of 50 wonderful gifts. @gunifort made a selection of photos from @pie_aerts book, made by MENDO: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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Looking for gift suggestions from MENDO’s Daan? __ Check MENDO.nl for a selection of 50 wonderful gifts. @daanferwerda made a selection of photos from the @moamamsterdam book, made by MENDO. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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Looking for gift suggestions from MENDO’s Mikel? __ Check MENDO.nl for a selection of 50 wonderful gifts. @mikklz made a selection of photos from @aks latest book, made by MENDO: Live from F*cking Everywhere. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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Check our collection of sneaker books __ Know someone who loves sneakers? They’ll love this selection of books, all about the shoe that changed the face of fashion. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts #sneakerbooks

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Great gifts from the Catwalk __ Jump into a world of fashion with the Catwalk series. Beautiful books about the best runway shows from the world’s biggest fashion houses. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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Back in stock: Icons by Oscar __ The second print of our bestseller Icons by Oscar got back from the printers just in time for Christmas. We’ve got plenty in stock…for now. _ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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Give the best of 2019 __ From YSL to Prada, from Virgil to Rihanna, from Amsterdam to Bookstand: shop MENDO’s best(selling) gifts of 2019. __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts

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It’s gift season __ Get your presents in our flagship store in the Berenstraat or MENDO.nl __ #mendobooks #mendo #presents

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It’s gift season __ Get your presents in our flagship store in the Berenstraat or MENDO.nl __ #mendobooks #mendo #presents

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It’s gift season __ MENDO’s best books of 2019. From @jackdavisonphoto to the Silver Spoon, from @aks to @grandopening.party :shop MENDO’s best(selling) gifts now. __ #mendobooks #mendo #presents

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It’s gift season __ MENDO’s best books of 2019. From Chanel to Prada, from Virgil to Rihanna, from Amsterdam to bookstand: shop MENDO’s best(selling) gifts now. __ #mendobooks #mendo #presents

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It’s gift season __ MENDO’s best books of 2019. From Chanel to Prada, from Virgil to Grandopeningparty, from Amsterdam to bookstand: shop MENDO’s best(selling) gifts now. __ #mendobooks #mendo #presents

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Just in time for St. Nick __ Check MENDO.nl for 25 gift ideas under €50,- __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookgifts