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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  • It is certainly one of the oldest, most visited and most beautiful bookshops in the whole world! "Livraria Lello" was originally created in 1869 (though under different brand names), but the actual...  more »
  • Beautiful bookshop! We were lazy and did not queue. We paid around 16€ per person for a skip-the queue ticket and did not regret it as the queue is mad and we got "paid back" in two books, perfect...  more »
  • This library is a hoax. The five euros voucher may be understandable however the rules applied to it are inadmissible. You aren’t even able to cumulate two vouchers to buy a book if not interested in....  more »
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  • A truly beautiful bookstore So pretty they charge an entry fee. I visited in the off-season (weekday in December) so it wasn't too crowded, but during peak times there's a line to get in. It's worth it and the fee is discounted from any purchases. Offers their own imprint of many classic books in multiple languages which are great souvenirs.
  • Absolutely beautiful book shop. Filled with too many tourists (well obviously) but just wandering around looking for serendipitous encounter with a book is such a fulfilling and one of a kind experience. You can purchase an entrance ticket at a kiosk like shop two doors next to the book shop. Highly recommended, if you're a bookworm ;)
  • It's a nice library but it's mainly interesting because of the stairs and the roof. This place is very busy and there is a massive amount of people which detracts from the experience and it did not feel worth the 5 euro entrance fee. So if you can come here on a calm day it might be worth but otherwise I'd recommend doing something else.
  • Why pay so much to visit a bookstore. Is it a beautiful building? Outside no, we passed it several times without noticing it. Inside, surely beautiful but EUR 12,50 to visit a bookshop, come on! VERY very crowded even off season. Advise, watch the available online pictures, safe your money and buy your book online. Money saved, spend on lunch and nice glass of Douro wine.
  • Livraria Lello is a beautiful bookshop in Porto. The interior is a sight to behold. The ornate, carved central staircase is the main attraction. Displaying intricate detail that you just don't find these days. To access the shop, you need to buy a ticket. This can be done online, but they're also available round the corner from the bookshop. The ticket can be used for money off a book purchase and I saw books available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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