Taking notes from Business Insider’s Ashley Lutz on these highly recommended book havens from around the world. By the way, we’re thrilled that our very own Boulder Bookstore made the list! As huge fans of the BB, we’re sure the list of destinations is as sound as our love for our bookstore champion. Below you’ll find the the succinct list, click here to read the entire article »
Bookstores can be a destination upon themselves. From Venice to Mexico City, check out some of the most interesting book retailers out there.
1. Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy.
This bookstore features classic volumes of American and Italian books packed in traditional Venetian gondola boats.
2. John K. King Used And Rare Books, Detroit, Michigan.
This houses more than a million books in an abandoned glove factory in Detroit’s industrial wasteland.
3. Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, Holland.
This epic bookstore is a converted Dominican church from the 13th century. The serene alcoves of the church now serve as reading nooks.
4. BookPeople, Austin, Texas.
Texas’ largest independent bookstore is situated in the trendy Market District of Austin, Texas. The store prides itself on its knowledgable staff and epic selections.
5. Strand, New York City.
This East Village retailer boasts 18 miles of books.
6. Livraria Lello & Irmao, Porto, Portugal.
This gorgeous, 100-year-old bookstore is known for its stunning architecture and “stairway to heaven.”
7. The Bookworm, Beijing, China.
The Bookworm is both a lending library and a bookstore with a ridiculously expansive collection. There’s also a gourmet European cafe on the premises.
8. El Ateneo, Buenes Aires, Argentina.
This bookstore is housed in an ornate theater building from the 1920′s. Customers can sit in still-intact theater boxes to relax and browse their books.
9. Cafebreria El Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico.
This bookstore and cafe has ample greenery inside.
10. Books & Books, Coral Gables, Florida.
This Miami-area bookstore is especially known for its great selection of art titles and is housed in a stunning building from the 1920′s.
11. Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France.
The original Shakespeare & Company on Paris’ Left Bank was a hangout for Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, but closed during World War Two.
12. Politics & Prose, Washington D.C.
This bookstore in the nation’s Capitol is best-known for its amazing line-up of speakers. Past guests have included J.K. Rowling and Bill Clinton.
13. Bart’s Books, Ojai, California.
Bart’s books is the largest outdoor bookstore in the world, and is situated in a picturesque town in Southern California.
14. Corso Como, Milan, Italy.
This gorgeous bookstore, named one of the 10 most beautiful in the world, doubles as a flea market and is sure to keep everyone entertained.
15. Barter Books, Alnwick, UK.
This shop used to be a train station, and miniature trains still go around the shelves. The architecture, which includes rounded ceilings and decorative lighting, is stunning.
16. Prairie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa.
This bookstore is next door to the University of Iowa’s famous Writer’s Workshop, a program with famous alums including Kurt Vonnegut.
17. Boulder Books.
This eclectic bookstore is known for its indie vibes and knowledgable staff. It’s also a hub for famous authors’ readings and book signings.
18. Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon.
This former car dealership takes up an entire city block and boasts more than 1 million titles.