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11 Beautiful Places All Book Lovers Need to Visit

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Updated: 5 April 2019
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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.
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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.

City Lights

Bookstore
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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.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Wed:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Hearst Castle

Building, Library
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Hearst Castle Library | © 2006 David Monniaux / WikiCommons
The Gothic library at Hearst Castle transports you back to medieval times and holds somewhere around 4,000 books.
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Sun:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair)

Atmosphere:

Historical Landmark

Zhongshuge

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.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Bookstore
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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!
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Les Bouqinistes

Paris, France

Bouqiniste
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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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