There is something special about places in the world that you immediately feel at home. To me, this is Shakespeare & Company in Paris – the small bookstore with a great history. When I first visited, as soon as I walked through the door, time seemed to stop. If only for a moment, I had entered a world on its own: huge piles of books, so many of them that the tiny shelves were likely to crack under the heavy pressure. Listening to a piano player while browsing the book selection, I felt a lump in my throat when I left. Back in Berlin, we have Shakespeare & Sons.
Due to the success of Shakespeare & Sons in Prenzlauer Berg, they recently opened another store on Warschauer Straße with even more books and bagels. The concept combines a bookstore with a café – and what’s better than browsing some books while having a cup of coffee?
While the store at Raumerstraße inhabits the spirit of the Parisian original, full of books and comfy chairs to linger for hours, the new one seems more like a library straight from the 60’s with its minimalistic wooden interior. With it’s more neat and organized atmosphere, it makes the perfect place to sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards).
As wide the selection of English books, so is the range of bagels to choose from: from onion to eggs to even za’atar. I decided for the everything bagel with some fig cream cheese: the crunchy toppings of sesame and poppy seeds in combination with the slightly sour cream and sweet figs was the perfect way to start into the day. The coffee of the city’s famous Bonanza Coffee added the final touch. And if you’re planning to stay for longer, there’re also some homemade sweets like brownies and fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies.