Livraria Lello & Irmão (Lello Bookstore)

#12 in Best Things To Do in Porto
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Rua das Carmelitas 144

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Cafes, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

A bookstore may not seem like one of the most obvious things to see in a new city, but when the shop is consistently named one of the world's most beautiful, it's worth a visit. Situated among the cafes and shops along Rua das Carmelitas in downtown Porto, Livraria Lello easily stands out with its chalk white, neo-gothic facade featuring intricate carvings and two painted ladies (representing science and art). The early 20th century building's facade was fully refurbished in 2017. Step inside and you'll be even more impressed. The bookstore's interior is adorned with rich wooden paneling and colorful stained-glass windows, and boasts a regal ruby red staircase. As for the books, you can peruse an assortment of Portuguese fiction and nonfiction works, as well as a selection of books in English and French.

Travelers are often impressed by Livraria Lello's allure and say visitors should take a peek inside. Most visitors commend the charming atmosphere and exceptional artistry evident in the Livraria Lello's architecture (and judge it fully worth the small charge). The store also uses its basement space for readings, talks and conversations.

It costs 5 euros (about $5.50) to enter the bookshop, and vouchers can be purchased in advance online. The fee is deductible from book purchases. Livraria Lello can be accessed via the Aliados or Sao Bento metro stops on the D (yellow) line. The bookstore welcomes visitors every day (except for certain holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the official website.

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