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Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas, 144, Porto 4050-161, Portugal
+351 222018170
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Ranked #4 of 31 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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Sarreguemines, France
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Great idea as it's still a working library, selling books. I did not understand why there are so many books in foreign languages as french, etc... a bit too touristic and crowded but the woodsteps are a art creation to see if you visit Porto.

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Moscow, Russia
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52 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Beautiful bookstore with an iconic stairs. Well, nothing more. There are some souvenirs on the second floor, but nothing related to books - would be great to buy some branded stationery for example.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Interesting building, worth a look. I went, not just to look, but to purchase a particular work for my daughter. I was unwise enough not to move quickly enough out of the way of the offensive and arrogant member of staff who shouted abuse at me. Sadly, he was serving at the till and was quite the rudest person I... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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147 reviews 147 reviews
104 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

If you don't know yet, this is the bookstore that inspired J.K. Rowling to create the stairs of Hogwarts (in Harry Potter). The stairs of the building are amazing - and very strange. They're a real attraction. As a bookshop, it's a good place to go too, nothing special but good. Just keep in mind that if you want to... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I am only reviewing this so people know that if you want to take pictures you have to be there between and 9 and 10. the staircase was worth seeing.

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Holbrook, New York
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It's an old, funky little book store where strangely you are not allowed to take pics once inside. Their twisted staircase is borderline dangerous to walk down. I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Rio Grande, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The shop is wonderful! The only problem is that it has become so famous that it is almost impossible to look for and buy books! They should start charging to enter!

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Drogheda, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

As you enter the book store the architecture and interior design are stunning with an amazing interior of stained glass, carved wood, a curvaceous red stairway, pressed copper and glass-enclosed bookshelves. There is so much to take in all at once.... spend some time taking in all the fabulous features and then time to browse the extensive book collection too.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A small beautiful bookshop. Well worth a visit and don't be put off by crowds - most disappear after a few minutes and it got quiet enough for us to be able to look around slowly. Even had the opportunity to buy an English copy of a novel by Portugal's Noble Prize winning author Jose Saramago. As other reviewers mention,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The most beautiful bookstore I've ever seen. Its very old, but keeps the original design. Its a place that everyone must visit in Porto.

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