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11 Beautiful Places All Book Lovers Need to Visit

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Updated: 18 October 2017
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

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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.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

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Venice, Italy

This iconic shop in Venice stores books in gondolas and bathtubs – just in case the building gets flooded.

Calle Longa S. Maria Formosa, 5176/b, 30122 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy

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City Lights

San Francisco, USA

One of the best independent bookshops in America, this San Fran staple was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin.

261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

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The Library

Koh Samui, Thailand

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books. And that's kind of the same thing. #truewords

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

14/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach,, Bo Phut, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

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Cafe Pushkin

Moscow, Russia

This is our home and guests are always welcome! #CafePushkin

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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!

Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А, Moskva, Russia, 125009

Hearst Castle

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Hearst Castle

San Simeon, USA

The Gothic library at Hearst Castle transports you back to medieval times and holds somewhere around 4,000 books.

750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee


Historical Landmark


Yangzhou, China

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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.

Shop 101 Building 4, Star Avenue, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, China

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Book and Bed

Tokyo, Japan

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.

171-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, Toshima-ku Ikebukuro 1-17-7 Lumiere Buld. 7F, Japan

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Buenos Aires, Argentina

A cafe and bookshop housed in an old theatre, this Buenos Aires gem is possibly one of the most stunning settings for books ever!

Av. Santa Fe 1860, 1123 CABA, Argentina

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Strand Bookstore

New York City, USA

This bookstore is home to 18 miles of books, and has been on the NYC literary scene since 1927.

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA

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Les Bouqinistes

Paris, France

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.’

Bordering the Seine from the Pont Marie to the quai Voltaire, 75004 Paris, France