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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 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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New Journal on MENDO.nl Photographer’s profile: Annie Leibovitz. __ Read the full story in our Journal on www.mendo.nl/journal __ #mendo #mendobooks#amsterdam #annieleibovitz #photographybooks #atwork

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New Journal on MENDO.nl Photographer’s profile: Annie Leibovitz. __ Read the full story in our Journal on www.mendo.nl/journal __ #mendo #mendobooks#amsterdam #annieleibovitz #photographybooks #atwork

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New Journal on MENDO.nl Photographer’s profile: Annie Leibovitz. __ Read the full story in our Journal on www.mendo.nl/journal __ #mendo #mendobooks#amsterdam #annieleibovitz #photographybooks #atwork

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. Waste Not for € 32,00. __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #wastenot

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. Anton Corbijn 1-2-3-4 for € 48,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #antoncorbijn

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. The Eye for € 32,00. __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #theeye #nathanwilliams

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Save the date: Erwin Olaf signing session at MENDO. __ Sunday 24 February 4-6 PM __ Pre-order now: www.mendo.nl __ #mendobooks #mendo #erwinolaf #signeersessie #booksigning #honour #iam

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Get a Valentine’s Day card from Martin Garrix __ Shop Martin Garrix: LIFE = CRAZY now and receive the book plus a Valentine’s Day card written by Martin himself. Stock is limited, so get yours quickly! __ Only available with…

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Get a Valentine’s Day card from Martin Garrix __ Shop Martin Garrix: LIFE = CRAZY now and receive the book plus a Valentine’s Day card written by Martin himself. Stock is limited, so get yours quickly! __ Only available with…

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Get a Valentine’s Day card from Martin Garrix __ Shop Martin Garrix: LIFE = CRAZY now and receive the book plus a Valentine’s Day card written by Martin himself. Stock is limited, so get yours quickly! __ Only available with…

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Save the date: Saturday 16th February 2018 10AM – 6PM __ #mendo #mendobooks #newwerktheater

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. Massimo Osti for € 50,00. __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #massimoosti

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. The Porsche Book now for € 75,00. __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. Sendnudes for € 38,00 __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals #sendnudes

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices: The Eye & Ideas from Massimo Osti & Waste Not & Anton Corbijn 1-2-3-4 & Sendnudes __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals

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Book Deals of February. __ Bestseller books at ravishingly reduced prices. __ Available in-store and online www.mendo.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #books #bookstagram #bookdeals

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New Journal on MENDO: the romantic vision of Jean Pierrot. ___ Read the full story in our Journal on www.MENDO.nl/journal ___ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam #photographybook #pierrotromance #jeanpierrot

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Fresh pages. __ The History of Graphic Design: Vol. 2 __ Discover how graphic design shaped contemporary society from the 1960s until today, from the hippie movement to new forms of visual language. __ Available in-store and online mendo.nl __…

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New Year. New Deals for a Happy New Year. — Book Deals of January. — If you’re sharp enough to spot the theme in this selection of books, you might just be ready for the year ahead. — Available in-store…

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Shop your last Christmas gifts ___ Today, @joeriworm, @daanferwerda, and @dariolacorte will welcome you at our flagship store to help you find the perfect gift. ___ MENDO Berenstraat 11 Open till 18:00 ___ Shop online via www.MENDO.nl ___ #mendo #mendobooks…

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Gifts for every budget: from €15 to €5000 ___ Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a grand gesture, we’ve got books for every budget. Check out the selection in our Journal on MENDO.nl. ___ The Streets of… series…

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Gifts for every budget: from €15 to €5000 ___ Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a grand gesture, we’ve got books for every budget. Check out the selection in our Journal on MENDO.nl. ___ Wednesday 19th and Thursday…

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Gifts for every budget: from €15 to €5000 ___ Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a grand gesture, we’ve got books for every budget. Check out the selection in our Journal on MENDO.nl. ___ Tonight, tomorrow, and Thursday,…

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Gifts for every budget: from €15 to €5000 ___ Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a grand gesture, we’ve got gifts for every budget. Check out the selection in our Journal on MENDO.nl. ___ Tonight, tomorrow, and Thursday,…

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New Journal on MENDO.nl: A conversation with Marlene Taschen ___ On a drooly morning, MENDO’s Mikel van den Boogaard had a very fun conversation about our industry with Marlene Taschen, Managing Director at (- and daughter of Benedikt) Taschen. Be…

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New Journal on MENDO.nl: How we translated Casper Reinders’ world into a book ___ “I just do what I like, and preferably, something that most people don’t like. If I made something everyone would love, it would feel as if…

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New Journal on MENDO.nl: How we translated Casper Reinders’ world into a book ___ We made a book unlike any other. And although there are more publishers saying that, we promise you, there’s absolutely nothing like this. Casper Reinders greatest…

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Holiday card from Martin Garrix ___ The ultimate Holiday gift for Martin Garrix fans? Shop Martin Garrix: LIFE = CRAZY now and receive a Holiday card from Martin himself. As long as stock lasts, so get yours quickly. ___ Available…

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New Journal on MENDO.nl: Q&A with Apartamento’s Omar Sosa ___ ‘The space is never the focus for us; it all starts with the person.’ – Omar Sosa (@omarsosabartolome), designer and co-founder Apartmento (@apartamentomagazine) ___ Read the full story in our…

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New Journal on MENDO.nl: Photographer’s profile: Alex Prager ___ Compelling, luminous, hyperreal: Alex Prager’s latest book is the first career retrospective of one of the rising stars of art photography and filmmaking. ___ Read the full story in our Journal…