11 Beautiful Places All Book Lovers Need to Visit

Libreria Acqua Alta | © @traveling.lens / Instagram
Libreria Acqua Alta | © @traveling.lens / Instagram
Books are the best and they are universal. No matter where you are in the world, there is going to be a dreamy spot where you can indulge in literary history, check out the latest in library design or just curl up a good book and let your mind wander. Here are 11 beautiful places every book lover needs to visit.

Shakespeare and Company

Paris, France

Shakspeare and Co. © Shadowgate / WikiCommons

Part of Paris’ literary history since 1919, the original self-proclaimed ‘rag and bone bookshop of the heart’ had to shut due to WWII. The current bookshop was opened in the 1950’s by George Whitman and is a paradise for book lovers, having seen the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Henry Miller pass through its doors.

Cafe Pushkin

Cafe, Restaurant, French, Russian
Café Pushkin, Presnya, Moscow
Café Pushkin, Presnya, Moscow | © e_chaya/Flickr

Calling a breathtaking 19th-century mansion home, this French and Russian restaurant is set in a Baroque library. It might be hard to focus on your food in such a beautiful setting!

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Hangzhou, China

This bookstore is a designer’s dream! Created by XL Muse, the space is home to mirrored ceilings, arched shelves and books, upon books, upon books.

Les Bouqinistes

Paris, France

Bouqiniste © Benh LIEU SONG \ WikiCommons

The booksellers of these charming stalls line the streets above the riverbank, selling new and antique books, magazines, posters and more. This is why the Seine is known as ‘the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves.’

These recommendations were updated on April 5, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.