Books can transport you across the world, so it’s definitely worth traveling to visit these famous bookstores worldwide.
Here are 10 most famous bookstores around the world that every book lover should visit in their lifetime.
Atlantis Books, Santorini Greece
A few years ago, a group of friends from Cyprus, England and the United States opened this bookstore, which is now housed in a magnificent place overlooking the waters in Oia in Santorini. The bookstore organises readings on its terrace, bookbinding lessons and a taste and film festivals.
Cafebreria El Pendulo, Mexico city
This gorgeous bookstore in Mexico City is large, bright and welcoming, with shelves sloping down by the weight of thousands of volumes in Spanish and English.
Visit it and enjoy the literature … in the air!
Munro’s Books, Victoria Canada
In 1963, exactly half a century before winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Munro opened a bookstore along with her husband Jim. It is now housed in a magnificent, neatly decorated, neoclassical building which was once the Royal bank in Old Victoria, British Columbia.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The magnificent building of El Ateneo in Buenos Aires used to be a theater, and this is evident as it has preserved the decoration, the frescoes on the ceilings and the patio.
Powell’s City of Books, Portland, Oregon
The flagship chain of the world’s largest independent bookstores covers an entire square in downtown Portland. Its colourful rooms are full of used and new books. There are readings, fairy tales for children and reading clubs.
Prairie Lights, Iowa
It hosts Iowa’s renowned creative writing workshop and it has high mobility. There are not only famous readings but also authors first appearance.
Shakespeare and Company, Paris France
The Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris, with a 17th-century facade and rustic décor, instantly captivates the visitor by transporting it to another era. It has a long history, as it has hosted writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and many many others.
Gertruds and Alice, Sydney Australia
In 1998 two young friends decided to open a bookstore after being inspired by the famous collaboration of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas. Gertruds and Alice is a cozy bookstore and café, now housed near Bodie Beach.
Librairie Avant-Garde, Nanjing, China
Housed in an underground car park, Avant-Garde bookstore has become one of the most beautiful bookstores in China. It is worth visiting!
As its name implies, it is a combination of a restaurant and bookstore located close to the Brussels metro. It has 9 different venues and all with their own independent style, from a children’s corner to a room with books hanging from the ceiling…!
Which bookstore you have already visited and which one is on your travel list?