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.

36 thoughts on “The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstores

  1. Can’t tell you how excited I am to see Barter Books make an appearance here! i live about an hour from it, so it is well visited by our family. It’s housed in an old railway station, the old ladies waiting room is now the cafe. It has several open fires and lots of comfortable chairs and sofas to sprawl out in while reading. The name comes from the fact that the owners allow you to ‘cash in’ old books against the value of any new ones you may wish to purchase. We’re very proud of it in the North East of England!
    As a side note of interest, the current trend for ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ memes was born in this book store. The owners found an original WW2 poster bearing the legend during renovations …

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  2. have you seen how is brought a book to life…
    do you know how many people take care of the entire design of a book…
    do you know who’s the first reader in typography…
    I’ve been there, I put my contribution to it…
    it’s so noble… so majestic… magnificent

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  3. Such a lovely and original post! Proud to see two of them from my country of origin (the Netherlands) and world’s famous bookstore featured of which I literally live around the corner. I see there are many many more to explore, each so unique in their setting! I hope none of them will ever close down due to e-readers. Thanks for sharing their beauty in this post with us 🙂

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  4. Notice how nearly all of these libraries are located in developed countries. There is a direct connection between your desire to read and your future financial success: not just for the individual, but for the nation.

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  5. So many gorgeous bookshops….so little time. Of the ones on your post I’ve only been to Brattle Bookshop in Boston and Shakespeare & Co, Paris. Next year I’ll be visiting the UK so will try to get to Word on the Water, London and Barter Books in England’s north east. I’ll also be visiting 3 national Book Towns. Sedbergh in England, Wigtown in Scotland and Hay-On-Wye in Wales.

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