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Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas 144, Porto 4050 161, Portugal
+351(0)222 002037
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Ranked #4 of 27 shopping in Porto
Traveler Description: This famous bookshop is open 1 hour before official opening hours in order to give you a chance to take pictures. The official opening hours are... more »
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We arrive after 10am so no picture allowed but if you come at 9am to 10am before they open, yes you can take photos. Also you can purchase the photo. But l worth of looking. The collections of old books is lovely especially if your an artist. The building is tiny, I love the staircase red if you look up... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

its still only a book store. Its worth a five minutes visit for the beautiful interior - the walls, the ceiling and the stairs are all very unique - but thats it! So if you are in the neighborhood go by but if you need to travel to see it dont bother :). By the way, be aware that its... More

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Toronto, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

You are not allowed to take pictures inside which is a shame. Pictures from 9-10am only. Plan for this.

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Cerritos, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We sought out this gorgeous book store because of the architecture, not realizing it was a part of the Harry Potter craze. There was a long line to walk through the store, but it was well managed and free. It was just beautiful. The only downside was that they did not allow photography. If you come early, at 9, before... More

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Montebello, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

An easy, few minute stop as you wander around Porto, it is a must see especially if you are a Harry Potter fan. JK spent years in Porto and the inspiration for many scenes can be found in places like this.

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Leaving “São Bento” we cross the street and keep on your right, so you arrive on the “Praça de Liberdade” where you have the “The House of Common” on the end. Continue straight ahead into the “Rua dos Clérigos” and go uphill, than continue our walk on the right by entering into the “Rua Carmelitas” we continue uphill, almost on... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was on my way to one of the world’s famous bookstores, Livraria Lello, in Porto, on the Rua das Carmelitas. Livraria Lello is definitely billed as a must-see in Porto. The advertised attributes of this bookstore include a kind of Gothic façade and, according to the experts, a flamboyant Art Nouveau interior. I’ve been a book lover from way... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Well it is certainly tempting to take pictures of this beautiful bookshop. I guess if there are too many pictures, we won't visit and shop. It does feel strange that staff are devoted to the job of policing the no camera policy. However, M-F 9-10am you can go nuts and photograph the pesky dust mites too if you choose! From... More

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Scotland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

As others have said this is a beautiful building although it could do with a bit of renovation particularly on the stained glass before some of it falls in. There were a lot of people and piles of books which made it hard to find things and when I went to purchase a book the man behind the counter literally... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

We were recommended this book shop by our hostel and we were looking forward to seeing the 3rd most beautiful bookshop in the world. While we were impressed by the very cool stairs, as a bookshop it was disappointing. Poorly organised and laid out and not a great a selection of books. After seeing a lot of really nice buildings... More

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