10 World’s Greatest Bookshops

Bookshops provide a different kind of books which you need. Bookshops are a traveller’s best friend. They provide convenient shelter and diversion in bad weather, they are a reliable source of maps, notebooks and travel guides, they often host readings and other cultural events, and if you raced through your lone paperback on the first leg of your trip, the bookshop is the place to go for literary replenishment. Here are our picks for the best spots to browse, buy, hang out, find sanctuary among the shelves, rave about your favourite writers and meet book-loving characters.  See here top 10 world’s greatest bookshops.

1. City Lights Books, San Francisco, USA


2. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina


3. Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal


4. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France


5. Daunt Books, London, England

6. Another Country, Berlin, Germany

The commendably eccentric Another Country is a hub for everyone from Berlin’s expat community to indie bands. The Kreuzberg institution is more of a library than a conventional bookshop; you can pay for the book, return it when you have read it, and get your money back – minus 1.50 euro. In addition to some 20,000 books, the sprawling shop-cum-club offers much-loved events, including the Tuesday-night film club, Thursday TV night and Friday dinner. In the finest tradition of leftfield bookstores, Another Country inspires and sells creative efforts, and its website features a comic and a story about the shop.

7. The Bookworm, Beijing, China

8. Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht, The Netherlands

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9. Bookàbar, Rome, Italy

10. Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece

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One Response to 10 World’s Greatest Bookshops

  1. Jerd says:

    Ummmmm ever heard of Powell’s City of Books? The Strand?