For those of you who can spend hours browsing shelves, taking delight in the sight and smell of books, here’s a mention of some of the most exotic bookstores around the world.
1. Shakespeare and Company, Paris
This quaint little shop was first set up in 1919 as a bookstore and reading library. Post WWII, it re-opened in 1951, and today it’s become an incredibly popular tourist destination. With a wishing well at the entrance and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral next door, it boasts of a prime location.
Hemingway and James Joyce would often drop in for a cuppa and discuss their latest works.
2. Livraria Lello Lrmao, Portugal
Better known for the filming of scenes from Harry Potter, this bookstore is a work of art itself. Built in 1869, it was the brainchild of brothers Antonio and Jose Lello. The main attractions are the wooden staircase, the skylight and the stained glass windows on the ceiling.
It isn’t for nothing that lonely planet considered it the third most beautiful bookstore in the world.