The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstores

While the e-book is slowly becoming the preferred medium when it comes to reading, some people still enjoy browsing for books in stores. Maybe because it’s nostalgic, maybe it’s because you never know what you might find. A room filled with books has a certain undeniable charm.

Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore. Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Word on the Water. London.

This bookstore is on a boat. On actual water.

The Bookàbar Bookshop. Rome, Italy.

Plural Bookshop. Bratislava, Slovakia.

Livraria Cultura. São Paolo, Brasil.

Livraria Lello, opened in 1906 in Porto, Portugal.

Acqua Alta. Venice, Italy. Books overload. A gondola filled with books. Heaven on Earth for any reader.

Cook & Book. Brussels, Belgium.

Brattle Book Shop. Boston, USA.

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Librairie Ptyx. Brussels, Belgium.

Decorated with bios of famous writers. Such a brilliant idea.

Cafebrería El Péndulo. Mexico City, Mexico.

The Last Bookstore. Los Angeles, USA.


Bart’s Books. Ojai, California.

Corso Como Bookshop. Milano, Italy.

Barter Books. Alnwick, UK.

Now, imagine reading a book here:

The American Book Center. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Ler Devagar. Lisbon, Portugal.


And, of course, last but not least, probably the most famous bookstore in the world.

Shakespeare and Co. Paris, France.


7 thoughts on “The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstores

  1. Ebooks will never, ever replace the joy we get from holding and reading a book. I have so enjoyed looking at all your photos, such a wonderful collection of book stores and reading places! Books are my escape, they are my education, and my pleasure. So wonderful! Thanks for sharing such wealth with us. 🙂

  2. I often go to the Last Bookstore in LA whenever I could. 😊 Glad it made your list since its a dying breed. I love going to bookstores and browsing around, find one cozy quiet-not-so quiet spot and read. Having the book in hand and turning the pages rather than swiping left or right. 😊

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