A candy store for book aficionados

Our story

"Visual beauty and inspiration in books. We were always searching for it, but satisfying our needs wasn't easy. So we built ourselves MENDO - the coolest bookstore for visual beauty and inspiration..."

- Roy Rietstap, co-founder of MENDO


Welcome to MENDO

MENDO is a candy store for book aficionados. Both online and offline we are dedicated to sharing our love for beautiful books. From the hundreds and thousands of books that are being published every year, we select what we believe are the greatest books. We curate on very specific categories: fashion, photography, architecture, interior, traveling, food and graphic design. Our books can be found online, in our store in Amsterdam and in our shop-in-shops. 

Our history

MENDO was founded in 2002. Our mission: to be the coolest bookstore for visual beauty and inspiration. We're getting there, step by step. Both the physical and online store are frequented by book lovers around the globe. Led by its founders, Roy Rietstap, Joeri Worm and Joost Albronda, MENDO has become the home-base for inspirational and creative books on fashion, photography, architecture, interior, graphic design, food and lifestyle. MENDO derives its existence to three strong pillars, being a well-balanced selection of creative books, a personal approach and a stunning environment. 

"They call me if something special is published.
That's personal service."

- Piet Boon, Founder of Piet Boon Studio 

The store in Amsterdam

For the design of our store in Amsterdam we contacted Concrete Architectural Associates. They came up with a simple, but brilliant idea. A bookstore, made from books. The walls are not made of bricks, but of thousands of black MENDO books. The intimacy of the scenery, combined with the stunning publications by some of the best publishers in the world, makes MENDO without a doubt one of the most unique and inspiring stores in the Netherlands.

On Facebook Lieke once said: “MENDO equals book porn”. We couldn’t agree more, and you probably can’t either. MENDO is located in the Berenstraat, one of the 9 Streets in the heart of Amsterdam.

An award-winning webstore

In line with the physical store in Amsterdam, we wanted the online store to be an inspirational and visual experience. We have succeeded - and this is not just random backslapping. It is what we learn from the Dutch Design Awards jury report. We quote: "The shop experience has now been translated on a website that redefines the online bookshop genre. The design matches the genre of books on offer and provides a real opportunity to discover the books. That makes MENDO a game changer in the sector." **Blush**.

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