Bookstore

Amsterdam is a city of contrasts which play out through our art, music, architecture, history, social structures and our legal choices. Above and beyond them all lie sets of alternative ideas. Ideas of spirituality and rationality, greed and generosity, philosophy and faith, hope and despair, tolerance and love.

More than a bookstore, the Look Up shop space:

  • Explores ideas through books on Art, History, Spirituality and Philosophy
  • Continues in the legacy of generations before us as an Amsterdam Christian Bookstore
  • Features a number of local artists such as Arjen Dijksma, Heleen van de Ven, Elles Middeljans and more
  • Stocks a small selection of other locally produced and fairly traded products
  • Is a place of rest and peace, designed so people can have some quiet moments with a book, away from the rush of the city

If you would like to order a book or art work, let us know. We love to chat about the ideas in our books, the history of the city and all the exciting creatives and organisations we get to partner with.

Events

Inside our store we regularly run history and culture events such as lectures and open mic nights for local singers, poets and story tellers and we partner with our friends upstairs in the "Upper Room". We also offer walking tours of Amsterdam.

Scroll down to see our current and upcoming events

Learn how the Bible has shaped western culture over three evening sessions in Look Up. You will be guided by Jeff Fountain, Director of the Schuman Centre for European Studies. Come for one or all evenings from 20.00-21.30, hope to see you there!

Tours

Set on the site of an ancient gateway into this wonderful pilgrim city, we stand a stone's throw away from the founding place of the world's first multinational, a short stroll from the first stock exchange and within easy walking distance of the former homes of artists Rembrandt and Van Gogh and philosopher Spinoza, Descartes and Locke.

Given this diverse inspirational surrounding, we also hope to be a gateway for our neighbours and visitors to investigate how this city made the modern world.

Our staff have helped to guide numerous individuals and small groups on walks and boat trips through the city as part of our program to use the wider world as our classroom. If you would like to take part in one of our tours, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About

Opening Times
Tuesday - Friday 11.00 - 17.00

Look Up is a Culture Center in the heart of Amsterdam. In the day this venue operates as an art gallery, information centre and bookstore. At night the space is used for events such as lectures, open mic events and art shows.

Standing directly opposite Amsterdam Central Station we are passed by thousands of different people every day and our staff are always happy to chat with anyone who comes in the store. We just love to meet people!

We also run a YouTube channel featuring interviews from exhibiting artits and share content relating to Amsterdam's history, famous residents and culture.

Coffee, Books and Art - A match made in heaven. Within our space we host local specialy coffee pop-up, Priesthood, who have a focus on specialty coffee, and share our values of community, justice and hospitality.

So, come on in, grab a coffee and a book, sit and relax and take some time out from the pace of the city.

Contact

We would love to hear from you. Fill in the form if you have any questions or requests. You can also follow us on Social Media platforms via the links below.

Prins Hendrikkade 51
1012 AC
Amsterdam


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