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Books Upstairs

Opens in 17 min: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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My favourite bookshop

A bookshop with a wonderful atmosphere - excellent choice of books, a lovely café upstairs... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Bremen, Germany
The Perfect Bookshop and Cafe Combo

What a place! This is the perfect bookshop. Immaculately laid out, beautifully curated, and with... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2017
Russell G
Dublin, Ireland
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A long-standing independent and literary bookshop in Dublin city centre, with a carefully curated stock and a dedicated staff. We specialise in the humanities - especially Irish literature, poetry, culture and history. Our beautifully preserved...more
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Apex House 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 8566
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

A bookshop with a wonderful atmosphere - excellent choice of books, a lovely café upstairs, friendly staff. I made holidays in Dublin in October 2016 and June 2017 and visited "Books Upstairs" every day of these holidays.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

What a place! This is the perfect bookshop. Immaculately laid out, beautifully curated, and with the added bonus of a lovely cafe on the top floor. I could have stayed here for hours, and will definitely go back, but if you're in Dublin you should...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Russell G
Reviewed 15 May 2017

After visiting Trinity College and full of admiration for the Book of Kells I happened to find "Books Upstairs"...great name, witty, humorous... the narrow traditional (georgian?) building hosts the bookstore on groundfloor. A small room filled (among others of course) with a selection of great...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

I think I visited almost every bookshop in Dublin during my time there, this is by far my my favourite. Great atmosphere, really interesting selection of books, really friendly and helpful staff and a gem of a cafe upstairs all housed in a beautiful building

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Bu M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

A beautiful location for anyone who loves books. Browse downstairs, buy at least two more books than you meant to buy, then meander upstairs. Cafe area is a little makeshift and basic. They didn't spend much on the tables and chairs. The room is gorgeous....More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank dublinf2016
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We had arrived in the city at about 10.30am after travelling from the airport and didn't realise the cafe wasnt open until 12pm. When I asked the guy behind the counter if there was another close by, he spoke to me in a way that...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank JimmyB183
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We visited the bookstore today with Bach on the speakers and had a coffee upstairs in a café (Dylan songs playing). An oasis in a bustling city. A great assortment of books downstairs (lots of Irish writers and a wonderfull childrens books section) and some...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Found this place completely by accident - and so glad we did! The cafe is quaint and very fairly priced. Had a delicious quiche and roasted vegetables, with a lovely pot of loose tea. The cakes are also delicious, we couldn't leave without buying a...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank GemRVN
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

I visited on a Saturday afternoon with my parents. We came over from England and made a special stop off here. We enjoyed browsing the books, including the extensive history section downstairs where my dad purchased a book (less than 10€!). It's a real treat...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Amelia L
Reviewed 9 February 2017

A lovely, family-run book shop with knowledgeable, helpful staff. They stock an impressive range of quality books and literary journals. A gem in the heart of Dublin city, near Trinity College. An added bonus is the spacious, bright cafe on the first floor. Love the...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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27 November 2018|
Response from l0uisab00ks | Property representative |
Hi Monica, I'm afraid we don't usually take bookings for tables in our cafe. However, if you want to email us at shop@booksupstairs . ie and let us know the time and date you were thinking of, I'm sure we can sort something... More