Livraria Lello

R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal

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The Lello Bookstore (Portuguese: Livraria Lello), also known as Livraria Lello & Irmão and Livraria Chardron, is a bookstore located in civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the northern Portuguese municipality of Porto. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and frequently rated among the top bookstores in the world (placing third in lists by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet and The Guardian).
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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    10:00 - 19:00

  • Mon

    10:00 - 19:30

  • Tue

    10:00 - 19:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 19:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 19:30

  • Fri

    10:00 - 19:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 19:00

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Reviews

  • Richard Cunha

    4
    - 11 September 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning space with an impressive collection in multiple languages and super friendly staff. It's become a bit of a tourist attraction though with bibliophiles and Potter fans alike flocking to its interior for a look at one of the places that's rumoured to have inspired the Potter author. Tickets (yes you need a ticket to go inside but wait) are $5 euro BUT you get that back as a store credit if you actually purchase something which is awesome. Definitely worth the wait although arrive early (or off season) to avoid some of the insanity of the crowds and browse at your leisure

  • Giulia Carrara

    4
    - 28 August 2018 -

    Una libreria bellissima! Sono rimasta affascinata dallo stile di questa libreria molto classico ed elegante. Hanno un ampio assortimento i libri in tutte le lingue e di molteplici generi. Il costo è di 5 euro a persona, tuttavia se si acquista un libro questi 5 euro vengono detratti dal costo facendo rientrare la spesa. ATTENZIONE: prima di dirigervi verso la biblioteca dovete acquistare il biglietto nella stradina subito dopo la libreria scendendo verso la torre de clerigos. A molti è capitato di far la fila per la libreria e poi doverla rifare dopo aver fatto il biglietto.

  • Tau Reti

    2
    - 23 August 2018 -

    This place has a weird backpack policy and they keep adolescents at the door and let them decide whether a backpack is acceptable or not. They do let some in, so it might be worth trying to sneak yours in. The staircase is modern, plastic, just the sides are wooden carvings but none of it done by hand. Basically any staircase you'll see in any church is more appealing. The book collection is limited, the books are touched by many hands and you do see it, the space is small. It makes for a good tourist attraction though.

  • Jessica Simon

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Probably one of the most beautiful book store I ever visited ! No wonder JK Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter over there ! The bookstore opens around 10 am. I arrived at 9:20 and there was already a line-up in front of the door. I purchased my ticket to get in. It was 5€. This 5€ becomes a voucher if you buy a book. All bags must be left in a secure locker. It’s a very popular attraction, when they opened the doors the bookstore was already packed. The architecture is worth the detour. I loved that place. I would recommend Livraria Lello for someone who loves books, history and architecture. As for the books selection it’s very interesting but some of them are very expensive.

  • William Dello Stritto

    4
    - 19 August 2018 -

    Let's be honest: the place is stunning. The wooden ceilings, the smell of old books and the plaster figures hanging high on the walls give this place a unique charm. No wonder it ranks amongst the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Nevertheless, be prepared to embrace the crowds as you walk in. The place is packed from sunrise til' dawn. While this is the price to pay to see the 'most beautiful library in world', it does inevitably hinder the overall experience.

  • Zlatko Maric

    5
    - 14 August 2018 -

    Extremely beautiful old-looking library with great atmosphere. Have in mind that you might encounter a large lines before the entrance. Also, the tickets are not purchased at the entrance but further up, in the shop at the corner of the street, on downstairs floor. Make sure to purchase the tickets before you stand in line as you might stand in the cute for nothing and than realize you need to go back to the end after you buy tickets. Ticket prices are 5 euros but this amount will be deducted from the book if you chose to buy one.

  • Robert Atkinson

    3
    - 26 July 2018 -

    Interesting architecture and design. Not a very interesting bookstore yet it's a must see place for the cost of entry. Be sure to swap your tickets for their booklets about the store, it's a better souvenir than the ticket. Buy your tickets at the store on the corner. If you have a guide you will be able to skip the line.

  • Jo Anne

    3
    - 14 July 2018 -

    Beautiful place, stunning architecture, but extremely crowded. The management knows how to maximise the beauty and fame of this place. There is a €5 entry charge, which is then deducted if you buy a book. Yet, even the cheapest book is around €12 and stationary is not included. Be ready to queue and have no space to walk around the place. A pretty tourist trap

  • K S

    5
    - 01 July 2018 -

    This is the most beautiful staircase I’ve ever seen. The bookshop is extremely busy all the times. The staff say there isn’t necessarily a best time to arrive as it’s always busy. The store does charge a €5 entrance fee. If you’ve a fan of bookstores and Harry Potter you’re going to appreciate its beauty. The entrance ticket fee can be applied to the cost of a book. It did seem like the book prices were higher than the price of books at other shops. If you’re looking to get a good photo without people in them, you have to be patient.

  • David H

    5
    - 18 June 2018 -

    Magical vibe - you do have to get in queue and get an entrance ticket for 5 euros, but that value is then deducted if you buy a book. The good thing is that it is only valid on books, which hopefully stimulates reading. At the same time, you are now allowed to take pictures - and provided you do not block the rather narrow staircase, it is worth taking a few shots of the magnificent interiors. The variety of books they have is amazing, and they have managed to keep a good ratio of Portuguese vs. other popular languages.

  • Victor Schenkh

    - 14 June 2018 -

    Well worth the entrance fee. Good selection of books and seeing the beautiful interior is amazing experience.

  • Spiceee

    - 11 June 2018 -

    Cool staircase, regular airport bookstand selection. It’s crazy how it’s not about the books anymore.

  • Mats Christiansen

    - 18 May 2018 -

    The beautiful bookstore increases the the fee. €5, that’s deducted when buying something.

  • Mikita Cherkasau

    - 22 April 2018 -

    It's a touristic hook. Absolute madness. Don't let anyone trick you into going there and waiting in a long-long line. Go get a good old glass of port instead.

  • More Tric

    - 23 March 2018 -

    Harry Potter staircase inspiration, but most importantly they publish nice translation of Portuguese poets in-house!

  • Sandra

    - 04 February 2018 -

    Old library with a lot of international books. Nice to see.

  • Varvara 😻 Ntenti

    - 08 December 2017 -

    Small, croweded, doesnt worth your 5€ and waiting in the line

  • Clement H.

    - 06 November 2017 -

    Go there for your pic, as the central staircase is beautiful! However, not sure it’s worth the wait or the 4€. The book selection is so-so.

  • cellwall

    - 05 November 2017 -

    crowded with people. you just can't find a perfect spot to take the picture.

  • Lev asd

    - 16 October 2017 -

    Uniquely looking old store

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