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Take a ride and breathe books smell

It's a Temple you must see in your Lisbon walkings. Take half an hour at least to see very... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2019
Milan, Italy
Fun Visit to the Oldest Continuously-Operating Bookstore in the World!

While nothing about the store makes you feel like you are back in the late 1700's, it's great to... read more

Reviewed March 15, 2019
New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Opened in the 18th century by a Frenchman, Pierre Bertrand, the Bertrand bookshop, located in the Chiado district, is the oldest bookshop in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. It's a joy to visit and has a very nice coffee shop. It's...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank martyncymro
Reviewed April 15, 2019

It's a Temple you must see in your Lisbon walkings. Take half an hour at least to see very beautiful pictures books ( as as in the entrance on the left ) and lots of novels and thematic books. Most of them in other languages...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 1968sergiog
Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

There are only a limited number of English or English-translated books. Got Jose Saramago's "The Tale of the Unknown Island" and an anthology of Fernando Pessao poems. I'm a book lover so it makes sense to pay homage to this place.

Date of experience: April 2019
Reviewed March 15, 2019

While nothing about the store makes you feel like you are back in the late 1700's, it's great to walk through doors and know books have been sold there for centuries. Portuguese readers will have a lot of fun. There are two small sections with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PatSnyder
Reviewed March 11, 2019 via mobile

Lovely bookstore. It’s the oldest operational one in the world - the books you buy may be stamped accordingly if you wish. Despite the ancient age the store is well renovated. The staff is very friendly. Credit cards are accepted. The minor issue for me...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

WATCH OUT! Literally had a guy try to take my phone from my bag a couple minutes ago while looking at the books. Thankfully another old man tried to give me a book so I turned around and saw him... SO I SAW HIM HOLDING...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KatriciaB
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff, cosy and warm interior and a place where you can feel a rich history. Not a lot of English books, but this motivates people to learn Portuguese.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hassnae226
Reviewed September 29, 2018

What a wonderful book store . Well worth taking a look . Lovely archways separate the different selections of books . Nice cafe right at the back ...loved the orange cake . Very friendly and welcoming service .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

This famous bookstore offers many titles in English for those who don’t read Portuguese. It also has books in many other languages.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MarkWBoca
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Worth a visit if you love books and culture! Beautiful setting, a wide selection of books in Portuguese and other languages and a bunch of classics of global literature as well! If you understand a bit of Portuguese, grab a copy of the bookstore's almanac,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank mariamelad
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The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally,
"squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers
plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can
stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its
streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and
viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the
famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa,
having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used
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