Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

by Katie Skrzek

Apr 3, 2019

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Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

While it might be more convenient to download a book to your device, there is something to be said about experiencing a book in the traditional environment of a bookstore. These beautiful bookstores are worth the trip.


Book and Bed

With locations throughout Japan, this bookstore and hostel makes guests truly feel at home. While books aren’t for sale, guests can enjoy them during their stay.


El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Located in Buenos Aires, this bookstore is housed in a former theater. The building still contains beautiful frescoes on the ceiling, theater boxes and grand curtains, all with rows of books lining the aisles.


Libreria Acqua Alta

This book boutique in Venice utilizes the city’s popular canals for its store, with books placed in boats and gondolas. The steps up to the store are made of old encyclopedias for an Instagram-worthy moment.


Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, boasts stained glass windows, spiral staircases, intricate woodwork and bronze decorations. It is rumored to be the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s depiction of Hogwarts in Harry Potter.


Secret Headquarters 

Though not really a secret, this quirky bookshop specializes in comics and graphic novels. Meticulously displayed, works come from independent and mainstream publishers. The exterior looks more like a detective agency than a bookstore.


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