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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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MENDO Bag __ For those who just can’t leave MENDO at home, the MENDO Tote Bag helps you carry all your favorite books and other stuff on the road. __ #mendo #mendobooks #totebag

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The New Black Vanguard __ Curator and critic Antwaun Sargent addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. __ #mendo #mendobooks #newblackvanguard

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DJ Faces __ A tribute to the heroes of house music and to the DJs of Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the rest of the planet. __ #mendo #mendobooks #djfaces #joskottmann

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Rihanna: Luxury Supreme Edition __ This over-oversized edition of Rihanna’s visual autobiography comes with an 18 carat gold-covered bookstand designed by the Haas Brothers. __ #mendo #mendobooks #rihanna #limitedbook

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Out now Special Edition Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech __ Certainly one of the most highly-anticipated books of the year. From street fashion to high culture, the work of Virgil Abloh, a celebrated multihyphenate artist, is showcased in this special…

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Out now Special Edition Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech __ Certainly one of the most highly-anticipated books of the year. From street fashion to high culture, the work of Virgil Abloh, a celebrated multihyphenate artist, is showcased in this special…

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Out now Special Edition Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech __ Certainly one of the most highly-anticipated books of the year. From street fashion to high culture, the work of Virgil Abloh, a celebrated multihyphenate artist, is showcased in this special…

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November Book deals. __ In-store and on MENDO.nl Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book. #bookdeals #november #sneakerfreaker

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Freshly printed: Web Design. __ The evolution of the Digital World 1990-today. __ Buy on www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #webdesign

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Fresh pages: Fabien Baron, Works 1983-2019 __ The much-anticipated book from one of the most sought-after art directors in the world, showcasing more than 30 years of his talent. __ Buy online: MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #fabienbaron

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See you today at Scheltema? __ Join our friends from @scheltemaboekverkopers on Saturday 26 October, for a Literary Talkshow with Pie Aerts and Emma Louise Diest. __ #mendo #mendobooks @pie_aerts #scheltema

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Fresh pages: The Home Upgrade __ Explore architectural and design concepts that seek to enhance and repurpose our surroundings. __ Buy on MENDO.nl __ #mendobooks #mendo #interiorbooks

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Fresh pages: Axel Vervoordt, Portraits of Interior. __ Seventeen homes demonstrate how Axel Vervoordt incorporates nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness. __ #axelvervoordt #interior #mendobooks #mendo

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Fresh pages: FEMME Type __ The book from the eponymous platform which celebrates women in the type industry and showcases their brilliant typographic achievements. __ Buy on MENDO.nl __ #graphicdesignbook #mendo #mendobooks

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2 Days to go: 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. __ #rihanna #rihannabook #mendo #mendobooks

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