11 Beautiful Places All Book Lovers Need to Visit

Libreria Acqua Alta | © @traveling.lens / Instagram
Libreria Acqua Alta | © @traveling.lens / Instagram
Photo of India Irving
Social Media Editor5 April 2019

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.

Libreria Acqua Alta

Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy
Libreria Acqua Alta is a must-visit bookstore | © Heather Raulerson / Alamy Stock Photo
This iconic shop in Venice stores books in gondolas and bathtubs – just in case the building gets flooded.

City Lights

Bookstore, Store
City Lights Books is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California.
City Lights is an independent bookstore and publisher in San Francisco | © Andrew Lloyd / Alamy Stock Photo
One of the best independent bookshops in America, this San Fran staple was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin.

The Library

Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Resort
A bibliophile’s dream, this sleekly designed hotel boasts rooms with literary names and an incredible library of amazing coffee table books.

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!


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.

Book and Bed

With outlets in Kyoto and Fukuoka as well as the original in Tokyo, this bookshop allows visitors to spend the night with beds built-in throughout the space and over 3,200 books in English and Japanese.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Bookstore, Architectural Landmark
El Atenteo Grand Splendid | © Jorge Láscar / WikiCommons
A cafe and bookshop housed in an old theatre, this Buenos Aires gem is possibly one of the most stunning settings for books ever!

Strand Bookstore

Bookstore, Store, Library, Park, School
Strand Bookstore
Strand Bookstore | © Follow My Ken / WikiCommons
This bookstore is home to 18 miles of books, and has been on the NYC literary scene since 1927.

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.’

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