UPDATE: Bookish has closed. Homer Kitabevi, Bestekar Sok. 35 (between Tunali and Tunus) is a quaint little bookstore with a big English selection – especially for kids. D&R is a bigger chain store with a location on Tunali and also in many malls.)
A couple of weeks ago, I was strolling home from Gaziosmanpaşa (GOP) in Ankara, along streets I had never walked, when I came across a fabulous find – BOOKISH Store. Obviously a bookstore, but the English name was intriguing so I made my way inside.
My first impression of BOOKISH was “super cute and cozy”. It was a weekday in the late afternoon so it was not super busy. It was definitely a place where I would want to spend some time – especially in that big chair in the window next to the cookbooks!
I headed through the store, past the children’s section, and I started to feel a little strange. Something was different from other Turkish bookstores. English books were right up front.
I continued around the entire store and back to the front counter where I had a chat with the owner, Hülya Ateş, and her staff.
Turns out the entire store is full of English books! Every single title. In addition, BOOKISH carries a large selection of English language magazines. So whether you are craving a taste of Bon Appetit or living in a 911 & Porsche World, BOOKISH has the magazine for you!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the staff. The stop will be celebrating its 3rd birthday in May. They all speak English and are very friendly and knowledgeable.
If you are going, tell them you read about it here!