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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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Meet Emilia Terragni, publisher @phaidonsnaps __ In our series Shelf Sessions we climb the shelves of MENDO’s friends. In this episode Emilia Terragni, @mimiterragni Publisher at Phaidon. __ Text by @mikklz from MENDO. Photography by @myfriendario __ Read the full…

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Pre-order now: Rihanna — Check MENDO.nl for this stunning visual autobiography of the international icon, with more than 1,000 images, many published for the first time. __ This book will be published around the 24th of October. __ #rihanna #rihannabook

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Pre-order now: Rihanna — Check MENDO.nl for this stunning visual autobiography of the international icon, with more than 1,000 images, many published for the first time. __ This book will be published around the 24th of October. __ #rihanna #rihannabook

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Enhance your interior with The World of Aparamento, one of MENDO’s October Book deals. Shop your copy for € 45 and save € 15. Online and in-store. #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #bookstagram #bookdeals #interiorinspiration #apartamento

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October Book deals Boost your interior with Rock ‘n’ Roll Interiors. This month € 37.50 (save € 12.50). Available in store and on MENDO.nl #mendo #mendobooks #bookdeals #bookstagram #amsterdam #interiorinspiration

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Boost your interior with the October Book deals. Shop Joseph Dirand for € 46 and save € 16.50. #mendo #mendoamsterdam #bookdeals #josephdirand #bookstagram #amsterdam

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Cozy up for fall with the October Book deals. Shop The New Mediterranean for € 30 and save € 12.50. #mendo #mendoamsterdam #bookdeals #bookstagram #amsterdam

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With the warm days firmly behind us, it’s time to cozy up for the fall. MENDO’s Book deals of October offer the very best interior books to help you make your home as immaculate as possible. MENDO Book deals In-store…

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New arrival Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows An extraordinary look at Karl Lagerfeld’s most iconic runway shows for Chanel, which have transformed the way we experience fashion. Available online and in store #mendo #mendobooks #bookstagram #chanel #karllagerfeld #amsterdam

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New arrival Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown Throughout the late 1970s and early 80s, Meyerowitz spent his summers roaming around Provincetown, making exquisite, sharply observed photographs. Available online and in store #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #bookstagram @joel_meyerowitz

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Freshly printed: Hunks & Heroes A celebration of men’s style and how it’s evolved, from the ever stylish GQ creative director at large, Jim Moore. This volume features 250 of Moore’s iconic men’s fashion photographs. Available on MENDO.nl #newarrival #mendo…

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Photographer’s Profile Tim Walker: Shifting from Art to Fashion In this profile @joostbastmeijer focuses on Walker’s world of dark fairytales. Read journal on MENDO.nl #journal #photographersprofile #mendobooks #amsterdam #mendo

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New arrival Alasdair McLellan: Blondey 15-21 Palace skater, model, artist and overall muse Blondey McCoy has been the subject for Alasdair McLellan for over seven years. This book catalogs 150 pictures of their best work together. #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #bookstagram…

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New arrival Abandoned places: New edition From the breakaway state of Abkhazia to an abandoned rail depot in Detroit, Henk van Rensbergen searches for the beauty in their desolation. #mendobooks #mendo #urbex #amsterdam #bookstagram #newarrivals

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New arrival Mountains The earth’s most inspiring mountains through the lense of some of the most celebrated Magnum photographers. #mendobooks #mendo #amsterdam #mountains #bookstagram

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New arrival Designhers A stunning showcase of up-and-coming talent spanning across design mediums highlighting the diversity that women bring to their respective fields. Shop online and instore #mendo #mendobooks #bookstagram #amsterdam #graphicdesign

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New arrival Great Women Artists Five centuries of fascinating female creativity presented in more than 400 compelling artworks and one comprehensive volume. Available online and in store #mendobooks #mendo #newarrivals #bookstagram #amsterdam @phaidonsnaps

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New arrival BV Doshi: Kamala House An ode to the family home of Pritzker Prize winning architect BV Doshi. After working under Le Corbusier in Paris, he returned to a newly independent India, and built a home for his own…

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September Book Deals: Five times Amsterdam: Grachtenhuizen A unique bilingual view into the wealth of the Amsterdam palazzi and their residents. Photographer Arjan Bronkhorst gained access behind the gigantic doors on the Amsterdam canals to capture the interior of some…

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Book Deals of September: Five times Amsterdam Starring Amsterdam Dive into the archives and relive Amsterdam’s heyday – the 60s and 70s – when Amsterdam was the epicenter of new cultural development and a magnet for national and international celebrities.…

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Photographer’s Profile Inez & Vinoodh: a wild, fantastic collaboration Our friends from Amsterdam’s Ravestijn Gallery have the honour to host Inez & Vinoodh’s ‘I SEE YOU IN EVERYTHING’ exhibition. In this Photographer’s Profile, we focus on the two Dutch photographers…

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Good things come to those who (can’t) wait __ New titles to pre-order on MENDO.nl: Tim Walker: Shoot for the Moon (October 2019) __ #mendo #mendobooks #preorder #timwalker #timwalkerphotography

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Good things come to those who (can’t) wait __ New titles to pre-order on MENDO.nl: Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown (September 2019) __ #mendo #mendobooks #preorder

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Good things come to those who (can’t) wait __ New titles to pre-order on MENDO.nl: Prada Catwalk (October 2019) __ #mendo #mendobooks #preorder

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Freshly printed Mountains by Magnum Photographers. __ Scale the earth’s most inspiring mountains through photographs culled from the Magnum archives by some of the world’s most celebrated photographers. __ Check for more MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks @magnumphotos

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Freshly printed Mountains by Magnum Photographers. __ Scale the earth’s most inspiring mountains through photographs culled from the Magnum archives by some of the world’s most celebrated photographers. __ Check for more MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks @magnumphotos

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Freshly printed Alasdair McLellan: Blondey 15-21 __ This 176-page book catalogs seven years worth of photographs of Blondey McCoy – 150 pictures – which taken by Alasdair McLellan. Buy on MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #alasdairmclellan #blondey #blondeymccoy

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Freshly printed Alasdair McLellan: Blondey 15-21 __ This 176-page book catalogs seven years worth of photographs of Blondey McCoy – 150 pictures – which taken by Alasdair McLellan. Buy on MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #alasdairmclellan #blondey #blondeymccoy

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Fresh pages. __ Wildness. The debut monograph cookbook from Canada’s star chef Jeremy Charles. Camp: Notes on Fashion. Street photography. Presenting the most proactive images in street photography. __ #mendo #mendobooks

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Freshly pages. __ The NASA Archives, an embark on a journey through space. William Klein: Celebration. His best work. Offfence Collective: an Experiment in Education. The second publication from our friends from @grandopening.party __ #mendo #mendobooks