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Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas, 144, Porto 4050-161, Portugal
+351 222018170
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Ranked #4 of 28 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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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

it s a wonderfull place.one of the most impressive livraria of the world.but long queue,no picture inside,expensive.but just try to visit it

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I think it was our hotel reception that suggested we visit this bookstore. Admittedly it sounded a little odd, but when we got there it was well worth the walk. As far as bookstores go, it's not that great - a bit of a mish mash of stock. But you go to see the inside of the building as it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This shop is absolutely gorgeous, but the shop has a strict photo policy! I would have loved to have gotten a nice shot of the incredible stair case (which is incredible enough to have inspired JK Rowling herself) but no photos after the designated time! Either way, great place to stop!

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Lilburn, Georgia, United States
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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have two teens who love the Harry Potter books so they really wanted to go this bookstore. I am glad we made the time because they could identify with this store. If you try to take pictures , you will get screamed at! It is very crowded but the we bought couple of post cards and magnets and did... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This bookstore is a work of art with it's beautifully carved wooded bookshelves, walls and amazing staircase. It has a beautiful stain glass ceiling that gives the store a beautiful glow. Doesn't look like much outside but the inside will wow you! The only downside is that photos may only be taken between 9am and 10am.... But go to see... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Amazing interior and exterior,the staircase is worth a look, the books themselves seem regular but you don't go to this shop to see the books it's all about the building, so glad we made the trip to it. If your in porto this is a must see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I stopped here after reading the amazing reviews on Tripadvisor. While the interior was very pretty, it is still just a regular bookstore. Not to mention it is CROWDED. We could hardly walk up the stairs without being pushed back and forth by the crowds. Worth a glance in, but no more than 5 minutes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While going to Porto, we were recommended to see this spectacular bookshop. So we stood in line and went inside to discover a very growded but indeed lovely bookshop with the well-known specially shaped stairs. Nice to see, but a postcard picture would also have covered it. Its a bit of a overrated tourist thing to my opinion.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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

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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