I am the kind of person that is as happy as a kid whenever I am in a bookstore. Nowadays, bookstores are as stylish as big and high range department store and no more dusty, weird-looking shop (even if this can be quite charming sometimes).
Here are some pictures taken from an article about “The 20 most beautiful bookshop” that I found via Flavorwire. Keep reading and enjoy!
Selexyz Bookstore, Maastrich, Holland
It was actually an old cathedral which has been turned into a bookshop. The renovation and restoration of old buildings cost way too much for the city council, which is why they give a chance to private companies to settle in in this type of building as long as they maintain the architecture and the heritage.
I had the chance to visit this bookshop during my short trip there a few years ago. Gonna dig in my computers and hopefully find my photos so that I can share it with you soon.
Livaria Lello, Porto, Portugal
Cook&Book, Brussels, Belgium
This beautifully design bookstore is located in my neighbour country Belgium. In this picture we have the “English book” section, where they have a typical “so brit” decoration. Cook&Book also have restaurants, tea room and they serve brunch on Sundays up to 3p.m. Definitely in my to-do list when for my next Brussel trip.
Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Livaria da Vila, Sao Paolo, Brezil
Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France
Of course, the most famous bookstore in Paris, Shakespear&Company. No wonder Woody Allen featured them in Midnight in Paris.
10 Corso Como, Milan, Italy
Another glamourous place to be. This bookshop provides publications on art, graphic, architecture and of course fashion, as it is opened by Carla Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia.
These bookstores are part of the list. See full article here.
All photos are from Flavorwire