Boasting the UNESCO-condoned claim of 'Europe's first bookshop,' the building at Rynek 23 has been in the book business, almost without pause, since 1610. Run by the Silesia-based Matras company since 1998, the interior is full of author-portraits and autographs from lettered luminaries who have been guests of this literary space, which Carlos Fuentes called 'The Cathedral of the Book.' After a recent renovation Matras is looking better than ever, and now includes a handsome cafe and reading room at the back. Their English section isn't great, but carries a decent selection of Polish authors in translation, as well as popular titles.


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Open 09:00 - 21:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:00.


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