15+ of the Coolest Bookstores to Visit Around the World

Best Bookstores Around the World

Many things may vary from city to city, but one thing is for sure: you can always count on bookshops to be treasure troves of knowledge and entertainment. Cherished both as a place to buy reading materials and as a comfy, calm, and coffee-friendly space to relax, the bookstore has become an integral part of modern life. It’s no wonder architects have paid close attention to the potential of these scholastic sanctuaries. Some of the best bookstores offer unique experiences, just upon entering.

Though the sites carry like merchandise, their styles and histories are drastically dissimilar. Some of the shops have taken up residence in refurbished spaces like a spectacular old theatre and even a 13th century Gothic church. Other stores’ designs are completely contemporary, featuring futuristic architecture, bright color palettes, and creative, built-in lounges. Still, some simply put a creative twist on the classic and cozy bookshop aesthetic.

Virtually visit (and curl up in) some of the world’s coolest and most beloved bookstores below.

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Hangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

Kid’s Republic in Beijing, China

Coolest Bookstores Around the World
Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht in Maastrict, Holland

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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9 3/4 Bookstore and Café in Medellín, Colombia

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Book and Bed Kyoto in Kyoto, Japan

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

Cafebrería El Péndulo in Mexico City, Mexico

Coolest Bookstores Around the World
Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Cook and Book in Brussels, Belgium

Coolest Bookstores Around the World
Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

Coolest Bookstores Around the World
Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City, New York

Coolest Bookstores Around the World
Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Book and Bed Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

Assouline at the Bauer Hotel in Venice, Italy

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

Le Bal des Ardents in Lyon, France

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Brattle Bookshop in Boston, Massachusetts

Coolest Bookstores Around the World
Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street in London, United Kingdom

Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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Coolest Bookstores Around the World

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