Books have something clandestine about them and not everyone can understand it. Like there are pet lovers, food lovers, and beauty lovers, there are book lovers who want and expect nothing from the world. Just give them a nook loaded with books and you’ll never hear a word from them again.
A bibliophile has a thing for bookstores. Searching for a book, walking around the aisles in the deafening silence and feeling ecstatic when you finally reach to that one book you were looking for has a different emotion altogether. So, here are some breathtakingly beautiful bookstores around the world.
El Ateneo, Buenos Aires- Argentina
El Ateneo was established in 1919 as a theatre called Treto Grand Splendid. Later in February 2000, it was repurposed into a bookstore. With ceiling art painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi, it was once described as the second most beautiful bookstore in the world.
Kids Republic- Beijing
This bookstore in Beijing would make you want to be a kid again. It is China’s first bookstore which is entirely dedicated to children books. Kids Republic has the most colourful interior, story books, tunnels, and a series of pathways.
El Péndulo- Mexico City
The bookworm inside you would come out crawling when you will visit El Pendulo bookstore-cafe in Mexico. Enjoy a cup of coffee while reading your favourite fiction novel in El Pendulo. The visitors can enjoy reading while munching some snacks and beverages.
Livraria Lello, Porto- Portugal
Livraria Lello is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. The staircase in the main hallway is so surreal it will remind of Hogwarts. The wooden interior work and Victorian panoply are what all a book lover would find solace in. The shelves have plethora of books ranging from literature fiction books, crime novels, open archives, and others.
Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice
The city on water has something for the bibliophile too. Libreria Acqua Alta is more fascinating than beautiful. The bookstore has a mammoth collection of used and new books displayed in boats, canoes, tanks, gandoals, and wherever it is possible to stuff them. The books are not only up for sale but also used as a part of the furniture.
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Stuffed with both second-hand and new books, Shakespeare and Company was originally known as Le Mistral. There are two bookstores with the name Shakespeare & Company, one was opened in 1919 and other was inaugurated in 1951 by George Whiteman. During the 1920s, the bookstore was an attraction for late writers like Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Ford Madox Ford.
Bookabar Bookshop, Rome
An amalgamation of white and gold, the decor is peaceful and just apt for the book lovers. Bookabar bookshop is spread around an area of 450 square metres offering books, catalogues, music CDs & DVDs.
Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland
Imagine what it would be like if you convert a 700-years old church into a bookstore? Selexyz bookstore is exactly that! It is also featured as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. The church was abandoned for some two decades after Napoleon’s army closed the building during 1794 invasion. The Selexyz bookstore is house to archives, history books, and other vital journals. The place is a sight for all the bibliophiles.
Grab a book, pick a corner, and escape reality!