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The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-2-7 09:42:06 |Display all floors
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A gorgeous converted Dominican church gives the power of reading its due diligence. Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland

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Modern design at its finest in a store full of art books. The Bookàbar Bookshop, Rome, Italy

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We love the stairs as reading and display area, the wall-to-wall bookshelves, and the simple, clean design. Plural Bookshop, Bratislava, Slovakia

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This divine neo-gothic bookstore, opened in 1906, contains what we consider to be the ultimate definition of a stairway to heaven. Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

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Somehow, this bookstore manages to be both whimsical and slightly macabre all at once. Cook & Book, Brussels, Belgium


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There’s magic in the air at this English-language bookstore in Beijing. Bookworm, Beijing, China

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This majestic converted 1920s movie palace uses theatre boxes for reading rooms and draws thousands of tourists every year. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina



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How could any kid (or adult, for that matter) resist those delicious reading nooks? Poplar Kid’s Republic, Beijing, China

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This is a bookstore that seems to be made almost entirely out of books — down to its dramatic front doors. Livraria da Vila, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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For those who like their green spaces (and coffee shops) to invade their bookstores. Cafebreria El Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico

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For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France

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The huge space, high ceilings and stately pillars make for a lovely reading experience. The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA

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For sailors and beach readers alike, this sun-kissed bookstore is a little less ostentatious than some of the others on this list, but no less lovely. Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece

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The biggest outdoor bookstore in the world, this photo doesn’t really do the place justice — it’s all about the view. Bart’s Books, Ojai, California

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The bookstore section of the larger complex dedicated to art and design certainly lives up to its mission. Corso Como Bookshop, Milan, Italy

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We’re suckers for rounded ceilings and decorative lighting. Barter Books, Alnwick, UK

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This beautifully designed space has surprising shapes, cleverly constructed nooks and crannies and even a tree or two. The American Book Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Almost utilitarian but filled with simple old-world grace, this store is a little like what we might imagine our ideal ship’s main cabin to look like. VVG Something, Taipei, Taiwan

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This store has a flying bike and books to the ceiling. Need we say more? Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal

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This slick, super-modern store benefits from clean design and charming flourishes of light and mirrors. Daikanyama T-Site, Tokyo, Japan


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I love this more. Maybe it is more possible to take our recollection into childhood.

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Post time 2012-2-8 10:30:02 |Display all floors
Thank you for posting this. I have actually been in a number of those bookstores.

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Post time 2012-2-8 10:42:22 |Display all floors
longzhou Post time: 2012-2-8 10:30
Thank you for posting this. I have actually been in a number of those bookstores.

Nice! Which one?

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Post time 2012-2-8 10:52:08 |Display all floors
I think this is what is happening to many young people.
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Post time 2012-2-8 10:54:56 |Display all floors
The two in Beijing. Plus Lello in Portugal, which arguably is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world! Also in Maastricht, but I found the place cold and too big!

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Post time 2012-2-8 11:12:05 |Display all floors
longzhou Post time: 2012-2-8 10:54
The two in Beijing. Plus Lello in Portugal, which arguably is one of the most beautiful bookstores i ...

Coldness and bigness makes it grand

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