Since breaking my leg in Bolivia my Kindle has become my biggest companion. Every time I finish a book I click and put the device down and feel left a little empty, I realised that I was missing the romanticism held within the papers of a physical book. Books are for exploration, something that Amazon can’t imitate through it’s Search Bar. It’s the same with a bookstore, there is nothing like the experience of being lost amongst the shelves and coming across a book that is going to inspire you for life. This all got me thinking about some of the most magnificent bookstores I’ve been to.
1. El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Ateneo was a former theatre, and still retains that incredible atmosphere. See More.
2. Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France
3. Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal
How about this staircase? See More.
4. Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece
A view from a bookstore will not be more incredible than this. See More.
5. Word the Water, London, England
Books that set sail. See More.
6. Les Bouqinistes, Paris, France
It makes the character of the Seine. See More.
7. Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy
The bookstore to get lost in. See More.
8. Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico
Those shelves… See More.
9. Bart’s Books, California, United States
The largest outdoor bookstore in the world. See More.
10. Hay-on-Wye, Hay, Wales
Bookstore, or Castle? See More.
11. Selexyz, Maastricht, Holland
A former Ancient Dominican Church now bookstore. See More.
12. Black Books, London, England
No bookstore list would be complete without the greatest of all. And as a treat, here is the entire first episode.