World's Coolest Bookstores
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World's Coolest Bookstores

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Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Buenos Aires to Brooklyn.

Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

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The neo-Gothic façade of this former library barely hints at the opulence inside: carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and a gorgeous red staircase lit by a stained-glass atrium. The century-old bookshop features more than 100,000 different titles in several languages, including English translations of Portuguese talents Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago. You’ll also find magazines, CDs, antique books, and a large selection on Porto itself.

World's Coolest Bookstores

Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

The neo-Gothic façade of this former library barely hints at the opulence inside: carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and a gorgeous red staircase lit by a stained-glass atrium. The century-old bookshop features more than 100,000 different titles in several languages, including English translations of Portuguese talents Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago. You’ll also find magazines, CDs, antique books, and a large selection on Porto itself.

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