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Welcome to the Mayflower Bookshop, the only completely international bookshop in Leiden! Situated in the historical centre, you’ll find our bookshop at Breestraat 70.

Feel free to come in and browse our collection of both second-hand and new books and purchase our bargains, such as 3 for 20 (3 books for €20), Top 50 and our special deals, and don’t hesitate to ask us for help and advice. We’re open 7 days a week!

Our second shop opened in November 2021 in The Hague. You’ll find our shop there at Lange Poten 35.

Hope to see you soon,

Team Mayflower Bookshop

Looking back: ‘Now’s the Day and now’s the hour’ (Robert Burns)

Despite the rain, the Scots event taking place this afternoon was well frequented; a great many people came along who were very much interested in Scotland and its literature, culture, […]

September 18, 16h00: The Invention of Scotland – Scottish literature in a nutshell

Orignally hailing from Scotland himself, avid St Pieter’s Church guide and devoted Commissioner of the Leiden 3 October Vereeniging Adrian Young will give a talk (in Dutch) on Scots literature. […]

Looking back: ‘You know my methods, Watson’ – Sherlock Holmes event

Fictional detective Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular detectives in the history of the English detective story. But just how popular, was shown on Sunday August 28th, 135 […]

August 28th 16h00: ‘You know my methods, Watson’ – Sherlock Holmes and the history of the British detective novel

On 28 August, Wim Tigges PhD, will give a lecture on Sherlock Holmes, legendary character from the history of the British detective, and on his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. […]

Looking back: Nhã Thuyên’s rolling rivers of words

Nhã Thuyên, our guest on Sunday June 26th, is this year’s Poet-in-Residence at Poetry International, the Rotterdam-based poetry festival, one of the largest in Europe. During the interview at Mayflower […]

June 26th: Mayflower special – Writing from Viet Nam

Visiting poet: Nhã Thuyên  We are very happy to welcome to Mayflower Bookshop Vietnamese poet Nhã Thuyên, this year’s Poet in Residence at the 52nd edition of Poetry International (June […]

Looking back: Shakespeare

Picking up on her tradition of annually commemorating the passing (and probable date of birth) of William Shakespeare (also known as The Bard or the Swan of Avon) on April […]

April 24th: Annual Mayflower Bookshop Shakespeare Event

Op 24 april a.s. hervat Mayflower Bookshop haar jaarlijkse herdenking van de grootste Engelse dichter aller tijden, William Shakespeare, ook wel bekend als The Bard.Ter nagedachtenis aan zijn sterfdag op […]

Looking back: First love in poetry at Mayflower Bookshop

On a sunlit Easter Monday, Mayflower concluded the Boekenweek 2022 with a book presentation by Leo van Zanen on his volume of verse ‘De Bezoeker’ (the visitor), published in 2021 […]


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