These twelve magical bookshops transport us to faraway places. Even though travel may be on pause for the moment these beautiful bookstores inspire wanderlust. We would happily plan a trip just to visit any and everyone of these magical bookshops.
Of course we love how some of these bookshops embrace the outdoors. The Honesty Bookshop at the medieval castle walls in Hay-on-Wye, a Welsh town that host’s an annual book festival. Or Rodger’s Book Barn tucked into the woods in Upstate New York.
RODGER’S BOOK BARN
467 Rodman Rd, Hillsdale, NY
Similarly who doesn’t love a bookshop with water views? Atlantis in Santorini has stunning views of turquoise waters or Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta which opens onto a pretty canal. Likewise Word on the Water is a book barge on a canal in London’s King Cross.
Nomikos Street, Oía, Santorini
LIBRERIA ACQUA ALTA
Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5176b, Venice
WORD ON THE WATER
Regent’s Canal Towpath, Kings Cross, London
Equally enchanting are architecturally stunning spaces, often repurposed, as awe-inspiring bookshops. Such as a 700-year old Dominican church in Maastricht which is now Boekhandel bookshop. Or the palatial Teatro Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires repurposed as a bookshop but has retained it’s original frescoed ceiling and ornate balconies and boxes. Porto’s beautiful Livraria Lello features an ornate forked staircase and the pretty spiral staircase and balconies at Bucharest’s Cărtușeti Carusel.
Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, 6211 Maastricht, Netherlands
EL ANTENEO GRAND SPLENDID
Av. Santa Fe 1860, C1123 CABA, Argentina
R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto
Strada Lipscani 55, Bucharest
Lastly but not least, we love Librairie F Jousseaume in the gorgeous Galerie Vivienne. As well as New York’s French bookstore, Albertine, with its celestial painted ceiling and Livraria Lee Devagar’s famous flying bicycle.
LIBRAIRIE F JOUSSEAUME
45-46-47 Galerie Vivienne, 75002 Paris
972 5th Ave, New York, NY
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LIVRARIA LER DEVAGAR
R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon
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