English-language bookshops in Moscow
Text Dominic Esler
Photos Alina Ganenko
English-language books can be found in small numbers at bookshops throughout Moscow, but the best and largest selections are listed below. Where prices are indicated they are intended only as a rough guide; prices vary widely (and seemingly arbitrarily), so it’s worth shopping around. English-language teaching materials and linguistic books such as dictionaries seem particularly prone to large and unexpected variations. Also note that some bookshops have closed recently. Bookberry on Tverskaya has shut, while the Nikitsky Bulvar branch of the same shop also appears to be in the process of closure. Shakespeare and Company, near Paveletskaya station, seems to have closed as well. Don’t forget that the British Council library is also no longer open.
6/3 Ul. Myasnitskaya, Building 1
Biblio Globus rivals Dom Knigi in size and irritating muzak. The bookshop has a large collection of English-language novels (250r) which, although piled haphazardly, retain a rough alphabetical order. Decent selection of classics.
9 Krivokolenny Per., Building 1
M: Chistye Prudy
The popular English bookshop formerly known as Anglia, has been renamed and relocated. A medium sized collection with good coverage of all areas; particularly good for its sections dedicated to Russian history and Russian literature in translation.
28 Ul. Bakhrushina
This easy-to-miss bookshop has a decent collection of novels, histories and other English-language books, but is most valuable for language teaching materials, of which it has an extremely extensive and well-organized collection. Prices are low, and made even lower by teacher discounts. A small selection of children’s literature, and lots of audio CDs.
17 Zubovsky Bul., Korpus 1.
M: Park Kultury
Hidden on the third floor of Bukva is an excellent Englishlanguage bookshop that rivals Dom Innostranoy Knigi for size and variety. Novels (350-500r), children’s literature, travel guides, art and history books are all well represented, and many, less common classics are on offer.
Dom Innostranoy Knigi (House of Foreign Books)
18/7 Kuznetsky Most
M: Kuznetsky Most
Opened in 1936, this is the most central bookshop dedicated to English literature, as well as the most attractive. Dom Innostranoy Knigi has a wide range of all kinds of texts, although a surprisingly paltry offering for children. Novels are slightly more expensive than Dom Knigi or Biblio Globus (350r and up).
Dom Knigi (House of Books)
8 Novy Arbat
Moscow’s most popular bookshop has a large English-language selection (250r), with a comprehensive range of classic titles (120-250r). Some second-hand English-language art books are located on the ground floor.
Molodaya Gvardiya (Young Guard)
28 Ul. Bolshaya Polyanka
Small selection of cheap novels and an extensive English-teaching section with extremely low prices: Raymond Murphy’s standard English grammar is currently on sale here for 532r, while the most recent (20 07) comprehensive Oxford Russian-English dictionary is 910r. Both are several hundred roubles cheaper than at most other shops.
8 Ul. Tverskaya
M: Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, Chekhovskaya
The most central bookshop in the city has a relatively small English-language section, with a handful of classics and audio CDs.
23/8 Bolshaya Dmitrovka
Small, attractive shop dedicated mainly to Oxford University Press classics and teaching materials, although with a good range of novels (250r). Prices are low: Oxford classics cost 150-200r, Penguin classics 250r and up, while cheaper Penguin editions 80r.
1 Ul. Tverskaya-Yamskaya, House 10
Respublika has a small collection of overpriced novels (400r and up), and is far more interesting for its excellent range of imported notebooks (including Moleskine). A must for those who prefer to write on lines rather than squares.
16/5 Malaya Nikitskaya, Building 1
This atmospheric antique store has a nice disorderly collection of cheap second-hand novels (120r), with an eclectic range of titles. There are also some older collector’s editions of classics, a handful of English videos and DVDs (100-300r), and a fantastic selection of all kinds of dictionaries and linguistic books, in all languages.
1 Ul. Nikoloyamskaya
The American Center library has a large selection of American novels and other books. Members can withdraw a maximum of three books at once. To become a member you first need to join the State Library of Foreign Literature (the building in which the American Center is located). Take your passport and a passport photo.