15+ Coolest Bookstores That You Must Have To Visit

Many things may vary from city to city, but one thing is for sure: you can always count on bookshops to be treasure troves of knowledge and entertainment. Cherished both as a place to buy reading materials and as a comfy, calm, and coffee-friendly space to relax, the bookstore has become an integral part of modern life. It’s no wonder architects have paid close attention to the potential of these scholastic sanctuaries. Some of the best and coolest bookstores offer unique experiences, just upon entering.


15+ Coolest Bookstores That You Must Have To Visit


Though the sites carry like merchandise, their styles and histories are drastically dissimilar. Some of the shops have taken up residence in refurbished spaces like a spectacular old theatre and even a 13th century Gothic church. Other stores’ designs are completely contemporary, featuring futuristic architecture, bright color palettes, and creative, built-in lounges. Still, some simply put a creative twist on the classic and cozy bookshop aesthetic.

Virtually visit (and curl up in) some of the world’s coolest and most beloved bookstores below.

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

Hangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Kid’s Republic in Beijing, China

Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht in Maastrict, Holland

Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France

9 3/4 Bookstore and Café in Medellín, Colombia

Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Book and Bed Kyoto in Kyoto, Japan

Book and Bed Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan

Cafebrería El Péndulo in Mexico City, Mexico

Cook and Book in Brussels, Belgium

The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City, New York

Assouline at the Bauer Hotel in Venice, Italy

Le Bal des Ardents in Lyon, France

Brattle Bookshop in Boston, Massachusetts

Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street in London, United Kingdom

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