“Whether you are a book lover, librarian, or just like to read House of Books is a great shop to visit.”
House of Books - St Petersburg
At the intersection of the Nevsky Prospekt and the Griboyedov Canal you will find the Singer Building, also known as the House of Books or Dom Knigi, a beautiful and richly decorated art nouveau style building. Above you are beautiful bronze sculptures, an exquisitely ornate door sign and the glass roofed atrium. The interior is just as interesting with a gorgeous marble staircase, stylish Venetian décor and a wealth of art nouveau decorations, not forgetting lots and lots of books.
The store opened in 1939 and remained a functional bookstore until November of 1942 defying the Leningrad Blockage. Belonging to the Petrograd State Publishing House, the store re-opened in 1948 and has continued to be one of the largest bookstores in St. Petersburg, catering to all tastes with over three floors of bookshelves, spanning all subjects from fiction to travel writing.
Once you’ve worn yourself out with browsing, you can relax at the Singer Cafe and enjoy the views of the Prospekt and the Cathedral.