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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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Dutch delight __ New books from the lowlands. As the Orange Lionesses are certainly winning the World Cup this month, we thought we’d share in that Dutch pride by highlighting some new Dutch books for you (and a little bonus…

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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

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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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A brief history of Culinary books. __ Read our Journal about the visually appealing cookbooks that find their way into our store. In this Journal we dive into the history and future of these culinary publications. __ #mendo #mendobooks #cookbooks

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Fresh deliveries for the summer. __ Summer is finally upon us and that usually means fresh new titles at MENDO. Check out Journal for our selection of some of our favorite new books that just arrived. __ #mendo #mendobooks #newbooks

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Live From F**king Everywhere __ Adam Katz Sinding’s 2nd Book made by MENDO & teNeues. __ Picture taken in Copenhagen, Denmark. __ #mendobooks #mendo #amsterdam #aks @aks @teneuespublishing @mendobooks

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Presenting: Live From F**king Everywhere __ Adam Katz Sinding’s 2nd Book made by MENDO. __ teNeues and MENDO proudly present Live From F**king Everywhere, our second book with Adam Katz Sinding. In this book, Adam widens his scope and explores…

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Live From F** Everywhere __ Adam Katz Sinding’s 2nd Book made by MENDO & teNeues. __ Picture taken in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. __ #mendobooks #mendo #amsterdam #aks @aks @teneuespublishing @mendobooks

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Live From F**king Everywhere __ Adam Katz Sinding’s 2nd Book made by MENDO & teNeues. __ Pictures taken in Zvarnots, Armenia. Copenhagen, Denmark. Slab City, USA. __ #mendobooks #mendo #amsterdam #aks @aks @teneuespublishing @mendobooks

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Today, Adam Katz Sinding is in Amsterdam to present his second MENDO made book: Live From F Everywhere. __ @aks @teneuespublishing @mendobooks

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Tomorrow Adam Katz Sinding will present his second MENDO made book: Live From F**king Everywhere. __ @aks @teneuespublishing @mendobooks

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Freshly printed __ Jack Davison. Photographs. A MENDO personal favorite, this extremely talented young British photographer with a for beautiful portraits. __ #mendo #mendobooks #jackdavison

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Freshly printed __ From Cook to Cook: Snoop Dogg Cookbook. Welcome to tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. __ #mendo #mendobooks #snoopdogg

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Freshly printed __ Elmgreen & Dragset. The first comprehensive presentation of the duo’s work till now. __ #mendo #mendobooks #elmgreendragset

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Freshly printed __ Gray Malin: Italy. This time Gray Malin turn his unique eye to the coasts, beaches, and landscapes of Italy. __ #mendo #mendobooks #italy @graymalin

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Freshly printed. __ Mr Hudson Explores. The gay man’s travel companion. The travel guide for everyone who wants to explore in style. __ #mendo #mendobooks #travelguide @mrhudsonexplores

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Freshly printed __ Coppi Barbieri. The still life photography duo have crafted meticulous photographs for such clients as Apple, Cartier, Chanel, Fending and Gucci. __ #mendo #mendobooks @coppibarbieri

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Favorites from Elisa Medde shelves ___ Elisa shared her love for beautiful books with us during our Shelf Session. These are some of her favorites. Read the full Shelf Session with Elisa in our Journal at MENDO.nl. ___ Books available…

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Favorites from Elisa Medde shelves ___ Elisa shared her love for beautiful books with us during our Shelf Session. These are some of her favorites. Read the full Shelf Session with Elisa in our Journal at MENDO.nl. ___ Books available…

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Just a few hours left: All MENDO made books weekend __ Check our special offers on all our MENDO-made books, of which we have created 33 already. Go to MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam @teneuespublishing @lannoopublishers @martingarrix @mrferryvandernat @theavocadoshow @irisduvekot_photography…

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Special offer __ Step in the eccentric world of interior designer and entrepreneur Casper Reinders. Buy the book and receive €20 discount at Casper’s restaurant Lion Noir in Amsterdam. __ #mendo #mendobooks @casperreinders

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Special offer __ #SENDNUDES. A visually stunning book that approaches erotic photography from female point of view. __ Till 19 May for EUR 40,00 __ #mendo #mendobooks #sendnudes @teneuespublishing @imanwhitfield

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Special offers __ Martin Garrix: Life= Crazy. The first 50 copies sold are signed by Martin Garrix himself. Go to MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks @martingarrix

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Special offer __ The first 5 complete ‘Streets of…’ collections sold include a free night at CitizenM in one of the four featured cities: Amsterdam, London, New York and Paris. __ #mendo #mendobooks @citizenm

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All MENDO made books weekend __ Check our special offers from now till 19 May on all our MENDO-made books, of which we have created 33 already. Go to MENDO.nl __ #mendo #mendobooks #amsterdam @teneuespublishing @lannoopublishers @martingarrix @mrferryvandernat @theavocadoshow @irisduvekot_photography…

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Read our new Journal __ Interview with Pie Aerts about his new, MENDO made book: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled (expected July 2019). __ #mendo #mendobooks #talesfromtheroadslesstraveled #pieaerts #photographybook #travelbook

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Read our new Journal. __ Interview with Pie Aerts about his new, MENDO made book: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled (expected July 2019). __ #mendo #mendobooks #talesfromtheroadslesstraveled #pieaerts #photographybook #travelbook

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Read our new Journal __ Interview with Pie Aerts about his new, MENDO made book: Tales from the Roads Less Traveled (expected July 2019). __ #mendo #mendobooks #talesfromtheroadslesstraveled #pieaerts #photographybook #travelbook

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See you today? Book Launch and Signing: Levi van Veluw / Beyond Matter. __ In collaboration with Galerie Ron Mandos (@galerieronmandos), MENDO will host a book signing with @levivanveluw ___ 11 May 14:30-15:30 MENDO Berenstraat 11 ___