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Neighborhood: Chiado & Carmo
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 to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 3 min walk
  • Rossio • 5 min walk
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  • llhmel
    Centreville, Virginia34 contributions
    Cool but Fairly Simple Bookstore
    Cool bookstore to say you’ve been to the Oldest operating bookstore in the world. It not nearly as ornate & historically looking as some of the other books stores. Definitely bought a book to get the stamp inside page showing origin. It Didn’t cost to visit so that was good.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • 14jkc
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania345 contributions
    check it out
    When in Lisbon you must stop here, right? Located conveniently in the Chiado district it's in the middle of everything. Nicely laid out and pretty, but of course it's packed with people. Not the most conducive for lazy browsing, but I'd recommend nonetheless.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Noah S
    Mebane, North Carolina129 contributions
    Worth a visit!
    We stopped by after hearing that this was the oldest bookstore in the world! There is a small section of the store with books in English, and the selection is pretty diverse! It’s absolutely worth stopping in and getting your purchased books stamped, showing that they were purchased from the oldest bookstore in the world!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
    Old and still running
    If a bookshop has survived from 1732 on the same location it is worth to take a look at. A less persistent owner might have closed down already after the earthquake, tsunami and fire in 1755. There are also books in English and a small modern cafe at the back.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 9, 2023
  • P J Traveller
    Kongsberg, Norway35 contributions
    Oldest book store in world
    Bertrand has many outlets. Oldest book shop is in Chiado. This one is a gem for book lovers as they can get stamp of purchase from oldest operating store in the world. Remember! Its a portugese shop. English books are very less.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 22, 2023
  • Gaye N
    Perth, United Kingdom489 contributions
    A must visit.
    A must for Bibliophiles the oldest bookshop in the world. In Baixa and Chiado. Selection of English language books. Remember and have your books stamped. Very atmospheric. Nice little coffee shop at rear of shop with best prices for coffee and cakes we’d come across.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,272 contributions
    Oldest bookstore in the world
    We visited this bookstore briefley whilst on our walking tour. It was explained to be the worlds oldest bookstore dating back to 1732. It has a guiness world record to prove this and is located in the Chiado district. The books are mostly in Portuguese, but they do have some English-language books. At the rear of the store is a small cafe.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 6, 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,272 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited this bookstore briefley whilst on our walking tour.

It was explained to be the worlds oldest bookstore dating back to 1732.

It has a guiness world record to prove this and is located in the Chiado district.

The books are mostly in Portuguese, but they do have some English-language books.

At the rear of the store is a small cafe.
Written February 6, 2024
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redhead_roaming
Seattle, WA2,919 contributions
Apr 2022
I came here with my family in April 2022 but when I saw how simple the store was, I decided just to quickly do a lap inside by myself. There wasn't much inside that made it seem old(er) than a standard building. There was a children's book section in the back, which I studied for a tiny bit (and then realized my kids wouldn't be able to understand any of the non-English board books).
Written March 12, 2023
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Kennii P
25 contributions
Jan 2023
One of the worlds greatest book shops - great Meia d’Laite and Bolo dLaranga in the cafe at the back too! This place is my afternoon hangout in the Chiado area of Lisbon. One can sit in the café for hours, reading a book, writing or maybe doing a sketch or two of the interior or interesting characters choosing books, whilst enjoying real coffee and cake, served by lovely ladies who are also great fun. Ideal as a place to have a rest from the crowds of tourists outside, it is cool in all senses of the word and a place of quiet and peaceful contemplation, surrounded by thousands of worthwhile books. Should you be buying a book as a gift, ask to have it gift wrapped, there is no extra charge.
Written February 9, 2023
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People of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal7 contributions
Jan 2022
Bertrand is unquestionably a beautiful bookshop. But what I like most about it is the little cafe right at the back. It is usually very quiet. You can read a book, or in my case... open your laptop and do some emails. The prices are also great. 3 Euros for Cheese and Ham toast. 1.50 for a coffee. - Stephen O'Regan/ Producer / People of Lisbon
Written January 23, 2022
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,317 contributions
Jul 2021
This place doesn't look any extraordinary form outside, neither it is special form inside. It has nice old-school look and wooden shells, but the biggest point here is that it is the oldest bookstore int he world.
I recommend to go here, buy a book, and ask for a stamp to your book. This way you have a proof that you have been to a special book place.
Written September 7, 2021
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Ays Espiritu
Bonn, Germany391 contributions
Mar 2019
It is really nice that this bookshop has been operating for so many years when a lot of bookstores are closing. It does not look so big from the outside but it goes all the way inside the building.

Some may think that they are selling antique books being the oldest bookshop but they got new and modern literature. Just ask the friendly staff and they are happy to help. They got English books too! The old shelves does not only look pretty but well organized.

It also got a cafe at the end of the shop where you can relax.
Written February 7, 2020
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llhmel
Centreville, VA34 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Cool bookstore to say you’ve been to the Oldest operating bookstore in the world. It not nearly as ornate & historically looking as some of the other books stores. Definitely bought a book to get the stamp inside page showing origin. It Didn’t cost to visit so that was good.
Written March 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Noah S
Mebane, NC129 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We stopped by after hearing that this was the oldest bookstore in the world! There is a small section of the store with books in English, and the selection is pretty diverse! It’s absolutely worth stopping in and getting your purchased books stamped, showing that they were purchased from the oldest bookstore in the world!
Written September 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

14jkc
Pittsburgh, PA345 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
When in Lisbon you must stop here, right? Located conveniently in the Chiado district it's in the middle of everything. Nicely laid out and pretty, but of course it's packed with people. Not the most conducive for lazy browsing, but I'd recommend nonetheless.
Written August 13, 2023
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
If a bookshop has survived from 1732 on the same location it is worth to take a look at. A less persistent owner might have closed down already after the earthquake, tsunami and fire in 1755. There are also books in English and a small modern cafe at the back.
Written November 9, 2023
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