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Livraria Lello & Irmão, Porto

(3.9/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web)
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  • The architecture and literature who spent over the years of existence of this beautiful Bookstore deserve always a visit to the most beautiful Bookstore in the world. The story here!
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  • This bookstore definitely must be the most beautiful in the World! It looks like something out of a tale of Fables! There are no words
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  • Travel to Portugal, stop in Port, it is impossible not to visit this library. Beautiful and special. Entrance with ticket but that is granted in case of purchases.
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  • Great place to watch people acting in front of cameras in order to look intelligent for social media :-) Jokes aside, this is a very handsome library with mostly Portuguese titles but you can find some gems in English as well. I recommend buying tickets online and using the ticket to get the price off the books that you buy. This place never closes except on 2 or 3 days a year. They were open even on the Republic Day, Oct 5th.
  • I loved it. I've seen photos of it and to finally get to visit in person was a delight. I suppose that I can understand the admission fee. I would have paid double to see it. Don't expect a quiet bookstore experience though.
  • A very beautiful bookstore that seems to have inspired the spell shop in the Harry Potter movies. You have to pay an entry fee of 3 euros to enter, and if you buy a book the fee is deducted. This is a good mechanism to prevent supercrowding and damaging of books because the (very small) place is absolutely packed with tourists and everyone is touching the books and taking selfie stick photos to look smart. The problem is that the books are kind of overpriced (removing the label reveals the real retail price), and that this has become incredibly touristy/commercial. For example, this place is labeled as a library, but it's actually just a book store - it's noisy, crowded, and there are like 5 chairs to sit in and zero tables, so there is no way to read something there in peace - the opposite of a library. Still, it's worth a visit.
  • Magnifique librairie. Entrée payante 3€. Better to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowd.
  • Bookshops which is cute and ornate on the outside and just ridiculously OTT inside that you need to pay an entry fee to see (though if you make a purchase you get a credit with that ticket). The staircase and the plaster ceilings (to mimic wood) is meticulously detailed and really is the centrepiece of the bookstore and is lit by light coming thru the stained glass ceiling. Very difficult to get a good photo - too many ppl!