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Livraria Lello: The Most Magical Bookshop in the World

By on August 13, 2015

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The beauty of Porto is not in the big monuments like Lisbon or Sintra; Its charm lies instead in the narrow streets of the old neighbourhoods. In these narrow streets you will find pure wonders.  Livraria Lello bookshop is one of the cities gems. The most magical gem.

Since 1881, Livraria Lello in Porto has been selling books in the most salubrious of settings, all designed and built in the name of literature. Unlike the other shops that make it on the ‘Most Beautiful Bookshops in the World’ list, Livraria Lello was built to be, and has remained for over 100 years as a bookshop.

The shop itself is adorned with stained glass, carved wood, an amazing stairway, pressed copper, glass-enclosed bookshelves arched at the top, and Art Deco facade and interior on two levels. All in all, it is magical.

It is so magical in fact that it inspired a certain author of a popular book on young wizards. Yep, as soon as you walk into the store you can be reminded of those hovering staircases and whimsical shelves in Hogwarts. During JK Rowling’s time living in Porto, it is easy to see the inspiration she would have found inside the store that she frequently visited.

Besides the wide array of Portuguese fiction and non-fiction titles, Lello sells many English and French books, including translations of Portuguese literature and poetry works. If you’re looking for books on Porto, Livraria Lello has the widest choice in the most beautiful setting.

If you are in Porto, do not miss a visit to Livraria Lello: the most magical bookshop in the world.

For more information, visit the Livraria Lello website.

Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas 144 Porto

Phone: +351 222 002 037

Hours: Monday through Friday- 9:30 to 19:00 Saturday – 9:30 to 13:00

Entrance:  Visitor Voucher – €3.00, Livraria Lello Friend Card – €10.00 (discountable amounts in the purchase of books)

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