Livraria Lello, Porto

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You'll find Livraria Lello fascinating even if you're not into books. A bookstore with loads of character not found in malls, this building from the early 20th century features Neo-Gothic details that add a punch of magic to the usual shopping experience. "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling, who lived in Porto in the 1990s, allegedly used one of the shop's twisting stairways for inspiration. Stop by and you might be inspired to read--or write--something too. Use our Porto trip itinerary planning app to visit Livraria Lello on your trip to Porto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • And exciting and very nice. But seeing it in August and a delusion. Queuing to get runs well and is well organized, too (like everything in Portugal) but perhaps should visit it in other seasons to appreciate it better and not in the heat. For the rest it is worth losing an hour you the various things to do in port.
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  • The library was beautiful inside, although due to the crowds, not seen in its entirety. Even so, it is very interesting to visit it and more if you're a fan of the Harry Potter films!
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  • It is true that it is pretty, but it is crowded, at least in August. rank of an hour to go. the price of admission is discounted if you buy a book
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  • What an incredible book shop! Small, warm, and quite amazingly never too crowded regardless how many people are in it. Buy your entrance ticket on the street corner to the left of the bookshop, but get the ticket price off a book once you're inside. And don't worry about taking your picture on the stairwell - everyone does it and everyone wants to, so take your time! Just do us all a favour - stand away from the bottom of the stairs to review the shot you just took :)
  • Nice library, but completely overrun. To much people to watch quietly around. Most books are in Portuguese. Ticket office is about 10 meter away from actual library. So it's necessary to go there first and than in line to get into library. Entrance is 4€ (can be used as voucher - but only one voucher per book)
  • It's cool but definitely not worth 4 euros. You won't be staying here for more than a couple of minutes. With all the money they get from tourists they should be renovating a bit the place, or at least give some English information. On top of that, you keep bumping into people busy taking selfies.
  • It's best to go first thing in the morning. To buy the tickets at the corner of the street. It opens at 9:45, but get there earlier bc people line up already. It's 4 euros at the door and 5.5 online. The book store is majestic and i spent 1 hour just taking shots of the place. Well worth the 4 euros
  • It's beautiful and would be and awesome place that hang out and relax if there weren't so many people bumping into one another to take their selfies. Hope the managers wise up and limit tourists hours or something, even if just to preserve the architectural integrity of the place.

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