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Books Upstairs

Closed Now: 10:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Interesting place with great views over D'Olier Street

This is a unique restaurant / coffee shop which combines reading/ books/ coffee etc all in the one... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vincent D
A gorgeous experience

The service in the cafe upstairs the book shop is wonderful. I was served by a really friendly and... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Orla F
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“book shop”(7 reviews)
“cafe upstairs”(10 reviews)
“browse”(9 reviews)
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 2 weeks ago

This is a unique restaurant / coffee shop which combines reading/ books/ coffee etc all in the one building. they do not provide free wi-fi as they believe people should talk face to face. The room upstairs has a high ceiling and is a beautiful...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

The service in the cafe upstairs the book shop is wonderful. I was served by a really friendly and enthusiastic girl called Hayley - she couldnt have done more for me and made me feel completely at home. I went for a coffee and ended...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Orla F
Reviewed 2 September 2018

if you love books and enjoy good food and drink, this restaurant is just the ticket. tasty food, upstairs of a bookshop, by the river, nice libations. all charming.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mandya162
Reviewed 15 July 2018

A good place for a browse, esp if you are looking for Irish interest. The sale in the cellar is more open - and some good bargains here. The cafe upstairs has comfy sofas and reasonable drinks, including some nice herbal teas.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TempleofPeace
Reviewed 3 July 2018

I wish I'd had more time to spend here! Lovely book shop and beautiful & calm cafe upstairs. Good food and great mocha!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank clarissar
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This bookshop is so cute in Dublin. They have unique books based on Ireland's history. They also have graphic novels for teenagers.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank pudds412
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I finally got a chance to visit this place, something I had been meaning to do for a while - on entering the two ladies downstairs were really friendly and helpful - unfortunately this was not my experience upstairs in the cafe. The man was...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

This shop is a bit off the tourist path, but worth the walk and time. It has very good depth and breadth - in all things Irish - from culture, to photo books, to Irish authors, to travel in Ireland, and themes / times like...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank momarino143
Reviewed 1 August 2017

If I hadn't had three young children with me, I would gratefully have spent a day nibbling delicious goodies, sipping coffee, ignoring my phone and reading at this wonderful store/cafe.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank sscmass
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
Thank rgilster
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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