Europe Prettiest Bookshops

Lello & Irmão BookShop

Form the gorgeous decor to the books themselves motivates the reader to look at every shelf of a bookshops. Some bookshops have breathtaking architecture, intricate interiors and even associated with great successes of the literature, such as Lello & Irmão Bookshop, one of our favourites, located in the city of Oporto.

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice: It is one of the original libraries of the world with an enormous selection of books found in the labyrinth of interconnected rooms. The owner of this shop is Luigi Frizzo. The word ‘Acqua Alta’ means ‘high water.’ This store is named this because every time Acqua Alta comes, the book store floods and the books would float in this store rather being destroyed. The books here are kept in an unusual way, i.e. they are stored in bathtubs, rowboats, and a gondola. Another unique thing about this store is that it has a staircase made entirely from books. This bookshop really demands a visit for all the book lovers even you have just one day in Venice.

Atlantis Books, Santorini: Atlantis books are an independent bookshop opened by a group of friends in 2004. It is located in the Island of Santorini. It has a huge collection of fiction and non-fiction books in a number of languages. It warmly welcomed tens of thousands of visitors yearly.

Livraria Lello & Irmão, Porto: It is one of the oldest book stores in Portugal located in the heart of Porto. It is selling literature since 1880. It has a neo-gothic building with stunning Art Nouveau architecture. The magnificent interior designed by Xavier Esteves in 1906 consist of beautifully crafted wooden surfaces, a winding staircase, copper and glass bookshelves consisting of many Portuguese titles, French and English books. It is also rumored that this shop is an inspiration for J.K.Rowlings for the characterization of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. Without any doubt, it is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

Shakespeare & Co, Paris: Established by Sylvia Beach in 1919, it is run by her daughter today. It is also one of the world’s famous bookstores providing a welcoming retreat for visitors. It has two floors with tiny rooms which are filled with biographies, poetry and old books.
Dominicanen, Maastricht: Also known as Polare, it is a fantastic bookstore located in the Netherlands with a gothic interior and minimalist interior. There is also a little coffee shop for the people so that they can enjoy their purchase with a cup of coffee

Cook & Book, WoluweSaint-Lambert: It has nine rooms with a diverse range of literature intertwined with a restaurant serving cuisines. The shop has a great and huge range of books that even the ceiling is filled with books. All day could spend in this store while enjoying every bit because there are plenty of cafes and restaurants situated all over the bookshop.

Daunt Books Marylebone, London: It is considered to be the best and most beautiful bookstores in London. It has the most beautiful and classic architecture with wonderful pieces of literature. For travelers, this place is a dream with a wide range of fiction, biography, poetry, crime, and short stories.

Alexandra Book Cafe, Budapest: It is located on the luxurious shopping street, it is adorned with glistening chandeliers and numerous paintings.
Shakespeare and Sons, Berlin: This bookstore stocks a large collection of English and foreign language books. Its atmosphere makes you feel at home.

House of Books, St. Petersburg: It is located in Nevsky Prospekt and the Griboyedov Canal. This bookstore is also home to many renowned books from fiction to travel writing. It’s building is inspired by Art Nouveau architecture having opulent decorative details on huge and massive oak frames and doors with large windows and a mosaic floor. It has gold foil detailing all over making it the prettiest bookshop.