|The Former Friedrichshain Buchhandlung|
The former Friedrichshain Buchhandlung (bookstore) is now Shakespeare and Sons, an English language bookstore and cafe. The Friedrichshain Buchhandlung was a used bookstore that catered to local residents while this new incarnation hopes to attract tourists and expats. The cafe portion, which features traditional bagels and pastries, is a nice addition to the store. The day I visited, I had a coffee (not bad) and a bagel (better than most). The prices were reasonable. There's plenty of seating, lots of natural light, and WiFi. Whether Shakespeare and Sons can succeed is a good question. I sure hope so! The traditional bookstore is an endangered species that's worth preserving.