Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello, Porto: Hours, Address, Livraria Lello Reviews: 4/5

Livraria Lello
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Livraria Lello is a bookshop with an extraordinary historical and architectural value, located at the number 144 of Rua das Carmelitas, in downtown Porto, in Portugal. Its origins date back to 1881, when the brothers José and António Lello opened an establishment at the nearby Rua do Almada, Porto, dedicated to publish and selling books. In 1894 they purchased the Chardron Bookstore, founded in 1869 by the French publisher Ernest Chardron, responsible for publishing much of the work of the famous Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The expansion of business encouraged the Lello brothers to build a new house for their shop. They choose the neighbourhood of Carmelitas, a prestigious shopping area that was being developed in the city of Porto. The project of the building was entrusted to the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves – considered the introducer of reinforced concrete in civil constructions in Portugal – which ended up presenting a true work of art. Opened in 1906, the bookshop boasts a façade in Gothic style, distinct from the surrounding urban landscape. Inside, shelves and ceilings are copiously. The staircase is particularly remarkable, as well as the large stained glass window bearing the bookshop monogram with the motto "Decus in labore" (dignity at work, in Latin). In 2016, a careful restoration gave back the original look and brightness to the façade and the stained glass. Travel + Leisure magazine considered Livraria Lello as the coolest bookshop in the world; the television station CNN consider it to be the most beautiful on the planet; Time magazine, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, all recognized that Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful in the world for its unique historical and artistic value.
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Göran O
20 contributions
Jan 2022
Expected a Little more, staircace was absolutly fabolus but not so anyone would dare to enter it. Then you have these byst in every Little locker for the books is the heads that apears talking in the films. Maybe this is a stronger memory in the movies. I do not think that 5 euro is the value you get of the visit but its nice to have walked the stairs
Written January 19, 2022
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Tea Živković
Sombor, Serbia146 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Enter to the library is 6€ (at entrance) . For online ticket cost is 5€.
At the end if you buy some book, price will be reduced for the ticket price.
The library is on two floors, with a wonderful lavish and photogenic staircase.
Written January 14, 2022
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Botty_Genova
Genoa, Italy37 contributions
Jan 2022
It is a bookstore. You've seen plenty of bookstores in your life. Not this one, though. And you should, oh, yes, you defnitely should! The 5 euros for the ticket (which will anyway be discounted from your purchases if you buy anything) will be plenty repayed by the beauty you'll encounter crossing the entrance door. Surely something you don't want to miss!
Written January 11, 2022
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Zack
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Save your money and go to the churches nearby. Average bookstore with an outrageous entrance fee. Cannot believe the hype around it - are people mad?!
Written January 6, 2022
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luv2travel076
New York557 contributions
Dec 2021
We were here Christmas Eve. Beautiful bookstore with red staircase going up to the 2nd floor. Bring your camera and wallet.
Written December 30, 2021
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Robjob18
Seattle, WA105 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Going on a mid day in winter meant shirt lines so it was a great visit! For €5 you get to browse around, take pictures, and pretend you’re transported back in time…oh AND your entrance fees also get a discount on any purchases.

The three adults and one teen all really enjoyed it
Written December 28, 2021
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Mark K
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States146 contributions
Dec 2021
If you are into waiting in long lines, crowds, curved staircases, and Harry Potter, this place could be for you! But for the rest of humanity, this store is a waste of time! Trust me; I've done 100's of reviews! Instead, go to Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbra, or Powell's in Portland, Oregon or The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California if you really seek a GOOD bookstore experience!
Written December 26, 2021
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Vlad
Lisbon, Portugal311 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Magic place! Feel like in Harry Potter movie. Very old book store with a lot of history including inspiration for Joanne Rowling!
Written December 25, 2021
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Carles Casasola
Premia de Mar, Spain4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Nice bookshop. Old building that transports you to another world. There are a good selection of books. I suggest to buy entrances online and to go in the open hours to avoid large queues. It cost 5 euros but if you buy a book this amount is returned as a discount. Well worth to go there!!
Written December 13, 2021
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Mark K
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States146 contributions
Dec 2021
90-120 minute wait in line (even with pre-purchased tickets). If one is into Harry Potter or Curved Staircases and crushing crowds, this place may be worth visiting. However, for the rest of us, the 5e entry fee and crush of humanity made this a huge waste of time. (Trust me on this; I do lots of reviews.) If one wants to see a great bookstore and experience books like they are made to be experienced, visit Powell's in Portland or the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles!
Written December 12, 2021
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  • Tue - Fri 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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