The World’s Coolest Bookstores

There’s nothing like the feeling of wandering around a familiar bookstore – but these bookstores from around the world truly take that experience to a whole other level.

1) Livraria Lello – Porto, Portugal

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Follow the brilliant red stairs and who knows what you might find hiding within the depths of this fairy-tale like bookstore. 


2) Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid – Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Once a 1920s movie theater, this bookstore now draws readers from all over the world who come to revel in the beauty and mystic of this bookstore straight out of a movie. The old theater boxes are now converted into reading rooms so you can cuddle up with your favorite book – or play.


3) Cafebreria El Pendulo – Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City sure does know what it’s doing with its bookstores. This space is filled with lush greenery and hanging ivy to truly transform your reading experience.


4) The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles

The name may seem like a joke but it has become increasingly relevant with the drop in physical bookstores out there. So follow their advice and go visit, as they make sure to note, “we won’t be here forever”. 


5) Eslite Dunnan Store – Taiwan        

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Calling all night owls and early birds! The Eslite Dunnan Store in Taiwan is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has been ever since 1999. Talk about dedication! 


6) Shakespeare and Co. – Paris, France

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If you’re looking to mingle with famous literary spirits such as Ernest Hemingway or Gertrude Stein then go check out Shakespeare and Co. where culture and books collide. And if you’re a writer looking for a unique spot to work on your epic novel, this bookstore lets you rent out a room in exchange for working in the shop.  


7) Bart’s Books – Ojai California

Owner Richard Bartinsale invites you to step into his home – and his book collection. Beginning in 1964, Bartinsale realized he didn’t have any more room in his house for all his books, so he created Bart’s Books, which is now an open-air bookstore known as the World’s Greatest Outdoor Bookstore. 


8) Libreria Acqua Alta – Venice, Italy

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Gondolas aren’t only for boat rides anymore – now they’re also for storing books! This unique bookstore residing among Venetian canals displays its wide range of books in gondolas, bathtubs and whatever else they can find.


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