Bookstores + Libraries

5 of the Coolest and Most Beautiful Bookstores from Around the World

Atlantis Books Santorini
Atlantis Books
Where: Oía, Santorini, Greece
Why go: Atlantis Books is a charming bookshop housed in an old village house in the picturesque town of Oía. Head out to the terrace, read, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea.

Bart’s Books
Bart’s Books
Where: Ojai, California
Why go: The largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the US, Bart’s Books was founded by Richard Bartinsdale in 1964. Its collection includes rare books and an extensive list of interesting titles.

Cafebrería El Péndulo
Cafebrería El Péndulo
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
Why go: If you are looking for some nourishment for the mind and body, Cafebrería El Péndulo offers the perfect spot for you. Browse through the wide selection of books in the bookshop, pick a book, and start reading while enjoying some of the delicious Mexican food and drinks.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Why go: Theatre turned bookstore El Ateneo Grand Splendid boasts of a stunning interior with beautiful balconies, frescoed ceilings, and other eye-catching details. On the old Teatro Grand Splendid’s stage you will find a cafe — a great place to take a rest and enjoy a delightful meal or snack in between browsing the bookstore’s collection.

Livraria Lello & Irmão
Livraria Lello & Irmão
Where: Porto, Portugal
Why go: Livraria Lello & Irmão is housed in a neo-Gothic building that was once a library. Its opulent interior boasts of a stunning red staircase, ornate pillars and ceilings, and beautiful woodworks and carvings.