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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.

Visit us

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 10.30 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 10.30 am to 6 pm
Wednesday 10.30 am to 6 pm
Thursday 10.30 am to 6 pm
Friday 10.30 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10.30 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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Freshly printed __ ALYX Preparation S19: this book is a small limited edition with 164 pages, 144 in double black and 20 color plates about the Alyx show in Paris. Buy on MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #fashionbook #amsterdam @alyxstudio

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Freshly printed. __ Matthew Porter, The Heights: This is a portfolio of 25 images of old-school cars, captured in midair as the careen over city streets and highway intersections. Buy online on MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #matthewporter @__matthewporter__

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Freshly printed __ Land of the Rising Sun Japan: this expansive ‘book’ of the design label Time & Style is much more than a tribute to their beautiful objects. Buy on MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #timeandstyle #amsterdam @timeandstyle_amsterdam

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Out Now: David Bailey. __ This SUMO-sized retrospective celebrates one of the world’s most influential photographers, with 300 subjects, big and bold in Bailey’s signature style. __ Buy on www.mendo.nl __ __ #mendo #mendobooks #limitededitionbook #davidbailey

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Out Now: David Bailey. __ This SUMO-sized retrospective celebrates one of the world’s most influential photographers, with 300 subjects, big and bold in Bailey’s signature style. __ Buy on www.mendo.nl __ __ #mendo #mendobooks #limitededitionbook #davidbailey

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MENDO Bookstand. __ Enjoy your books even more with the black MENDO X Osiris Hertman bookstand. Buy online on MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #bookstand

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Freshly printed. __ Marc Lagrange: Chocolate. By using rare Polaroid 100 Chocolate film, his nude work found a dramatic and touching look. __ #mendo #mendobooks #lagrange #marclagrange #nudephoto

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Freshly printed. __ Nike SB: The Dunk Book. The first book on Nike’s iconic DUNK SB. __ #mendo #mendobooks #nike #dunksb #basketball #nikebook

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Freshly printed __ The Turkish Cookbook. The definitive guide to Turkeys culinary traditions, from the man who’s fighting to keep them alive, Musa Dagdeviren, as featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table. __ #mendo #mendobooks #chefstable #netflix #turkey #cookbook

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Book Deals of April. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices; Stan Smith for € 40,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #adidas #stansmith

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Book Deals of April. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices; The Streets of London for € 38,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #streetsoflondon

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Book Deals of April. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices; The Incomplete Highsnobiety Guide to Street Fashion and Culture for € 30,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals

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Big reductions on limited edition books __ A selection of limited edition books is available at reduced prices for just one week – until 3 April 2019. __ Visit mendo.nl __ #limitedbooks #mendobooks #mendo

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Size / Price does matter: big reductions on limited edition books __ A selection of limited edition books is available at reduced prices for just one week – until 3 April 2019. __ Visit mendo.nl (picture from Alfred Hitchcock by:…

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Thank you @philippevogelenzang for your contribution to the MENDO made book: MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in amsterdam __ An inspirational collection of fashion, art and photography rooted in Amsterdam. __ @moamamsterdam #moam #dutchphotography #dutchfashion #dutchart #mendo #mendobooks

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Thank you @peggy_kuiper for your contribution to the MENDO made book: MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in amsterdam __ An inspirational collection of fashion, art and photography rooted in Amsterdam. __ @moamamsterdam #moam #dutchphotography #dutchfashion #dutchart #mendo #mendobooks

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Thank you @nickyonderwater for your contribution to the MENDO made book: MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in amsterdam __ An inspirational collection of fashion, art and photography rooted in Amsterdam. __ @moamamsterdam #moam #dutchphotography #dutchfashion #dutchart #mendo #mendobooks

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MOAM X MENDO present: MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in amsterdam __ An inspirational collection of fashion, art and photography rooted in Amsterdam. __ @moamamsterdam #moam #dutchphotography #dutchfashion #dutchart #mendo #mendobooks

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MOAM X MENDO present: MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in amsterdam __ An inspirational collection of fashion, art and photography rooted in Amsterdam. __ @moamamsterdam #moam #dutchphotography #dutchfashion #dutchart #mendo #mendobooks

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Marilyn Monroe, who famously said that she wore five drops of Chanel No. 5 and nothing else in bed. __ New Journal on MENDO.nl Inside Fashion Houses: Chanel. __ Read the full story in our Journal on www.mendo.nl/journal __ #mendo…

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New Journal on MENDO.nl Inside Fashion Houses: Chanel. __ Read the full story in our Journal on www.mendo.nl/journal __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #fashion #fashionbooks #chanel #cocochanel

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New Journal on MENDO.nl Inside Fashion Houses: Chanel. __ Read the full story in our Journal on www.mendo.nl/journal __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #fashion #fashionbooks #chanel #cocochanel

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Book news Jan Welters: Profile. __ A highly personal selection of Welters’ work from the early ‘90 to 2018. __ #janwelters #mendobooks #mendo #fashionphotography #portraitphotography

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Book news __ Back in stock: The Ultimate Sneaker Book. MENDO.nl __ #sneakerfreaker #sneakerbook #mendo #mendobooks

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Today Erwin Olaf signed some extra copies from his last book I AM for you. __ Buy online: mendo.nl __ #erwinolaf #iam #signedcopy

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Another sneak peek from the book we made with and for MOAM. __ MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in Amsterdam. An ode to the contemporary Dutch creative industry. Pre-order on mendo.nl __ #MOAM #moamamsterdam #fashion #mendo #mendobooks #fashionbook #photographybook…

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Sneak peek from the new MENDO publication. __ MOAM – contemporary fashion & arts in Amsterdam. An ode to the contemporary Dutch creative industry. __ #MOAM #moamamsterdam #fashion #mendo #mendobooks #fashionbook #photographybook #amsterdam @moamamsterdam @martijnnekoui

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Book Deals of March. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. The Eye for EUR 55,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals

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Book Deals of March. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. Vivian Maier for EUR 50,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals

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Book Deals of March. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. Streets of Paris now 38,00. __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals