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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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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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Fresh pages. __ The recipe form Michelin-star chef Josh Emett. Nendo from one of the world’s most creative multidisciplinary design studios. Willy Ronis curated by himself. __ #mendo #mendobooks

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Gay and proud. __ Pride is a word we value very much at MENDO. It’s one of our eleven commandments, and it is a word that stands for much more than just what we do. In honor of Amsterdam Pride…

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New MENDO made book: Tales From The Roads Less Traveled. __ The first monograph of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts—celebrating our world’s diversity in nature, wildlife and human kind. __ #mendo #mendobooks @pie_aerts @teneuespublishing

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MENDO and teNeues proudly present Tales From The Roads Less Traveled. __ The first monograph of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts—celebrating our world’s diversity in nature, wildlife and human kind. __ #mendo #mendobooks @pie_aerts @teneuespublishing

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MENDO and teNeues proudly present Tales From The Roads Less Traveled. The first monograph of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts—celebrating our world’s diversity in nature, wildlife and human kind. __ Compelling personal stories told through beautiful photography and text. __ #mendo…

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Tales From The Roads Less Traveled __ The first monograph of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts—celebrating our world’s diversity in nature, wildlife and human kind. __ #mendo #mendobooks @pie_aerts @teneuespublishing @jesswintz

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MENDO and teNeues proudly present Tales From The Roads Less Traveled. __ The first monograph of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts—celebrating our world’s diversity in nature, wildlife and human kind. __ #mendo #mendobooks @pie_aerts @teneuespublishing

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New MENDO made book: Tales From The Roads Less Traveled. __ The first monograph of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts—celebrating our world’s diversity in nature, wildlife and human kind. __ #mendo #mendobooks @pie_aerts @teneuespublishing

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New MENDO Made book: Tales From The Roads Less Traveled __ 20 tales from 13 countries, including Bolivia, India, the Philippines, Bolivia, and more. __ #mendobooks #mendo @pie_aerts @teneuespublishing

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The last one from the best of 2019 (so far): David Bailey Limited Edition. __ MENDO’s favorites from January to July __ We’re already closer to the next year than the previous one, so time to make up the balance…

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The best of 2019 (so far) __ MENDO’s favorites from January to July __ Camp: Notes of Fashion Land of the Rising Sun Japan Zuiderwijk/Vergouwe: Mapping __ #mendo #mendobooks

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The best of 2019 (so far) __ MENDO’s favorites from January to July __ Coco Capitain: Busy Living Sophie Green: Congregation Ethan James Green: Young New York __ #mendo #mendobooks

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Book deals of July __ The year’s longest day has come and gone, but the summer’s only just begun. Let this month’s book deals be the inspiration for your getaway (or stay-at-home) vacations. __ Like the MENDO made book: Depart.…

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Book deals of July __ The year’s longest day has come and gone, but the summer’s only just begun. Let this month’s book deals be the inspiration for your getaway (or stay-at-home) vacations. __ Like Ice Cream Headaches. Check MENDO.nl…

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Book deals of July __ The year’s longest day has come and gone, but the summer’s only just begun. Let this month’s book deals be the inspiration for your getaway (or stay-at-home) vacations. __ Like Poolside with Slim Aarons. Check…

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Fresh pages __ Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech __ The first official regular edition overview of the multi-hyphenate artist’s career. Examining everything he has done in the past throughout his many ventures. Later this year the Special edition will be…

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Read our latest journal: Food, Photography, Flora, and Funky Fumes. __ Summer has officially started, which means we’re moving outside, defying our hay fever, and putting our gloves on. For green inspiration, motivation, relaxation or sensation, we’ve selected four green…

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Dutch delight __ Tales From The Roads Less Traveled Together with Dutch photographer Pie Aerts, MENDO and teNeues are hard at work putting the finishing touches on our next book, out 18 July. Pie searches for real stories about real…

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(A little bit) Dutch delight __ Live From F*cking Everywhere Our second book with @aks takes him out of the fashion circus into the wild. This MENDO / teNeues publication dives deep into the lesser known corners of the world…

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Dutch delight __ Shortlist Amsterdam: English Edition It’s finally here! After Shortlist Restaurants and Cafes, Famke and Floor van Praag decided to combine the best of both books into one English edition. Find the best places to eat in Amsterdam…

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Photographers profile: Jack Davison. __ Read our latest Journal where MENDO chats with Davison about his work, style and his very first monograph book. __ #mendobooks #mendo #jackdavison

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Read our latest Journal: Photographers profile with Jack Davison. __ For this Journal MENDO chats with Davison about his work, style and his very first monograph book. __ #mendobooks #mendo #jackdavison