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Livraria Lello

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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...more
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Rua Carmelitas 144 | Vitória, Porto 4050-161, Portugal
+351 22 200 2037
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The most famous bookstore in the world -with a queue to prove it . Well worth the entrance fee of 5euros- refundable on any purchase of a book instore - This is the very place where JK Rowling took inspiration from and subsequently wrote the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did not have to use a map to find this attraction as it had massive queues on 2 occasions that we passed by. We then returned another day and found no queue so went ahead with a visit. We were advised that the large...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My daughter and I really enjoyed exploring the bookstore. It does feel like Harry Potter. The stairs could move at any minute!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Yes, it's a must see, and so MANY people go. Plan your trip late in the afternoon for fewer people! That way you can make better pictures of the staircase and interior, and then enjoy the bookstore! They have moved the "ticket booth" to another...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ksanctoclaros
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The staffs are rude and impolite to Asians. One of the staff is explaining something to the people waiting in line. But just skipped me and my friends who are the only Asian people in the line:) nice job! Terrible experience in Porto and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dipsyhyd
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Feels like walking right in to the Harry Potter movies. One can clearly see where J.K.Rowlin got her inspiration! Really cool place, and a good selection of different books - both Portuguese and English.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank emmaanto
Reviewed 5 days ago

The bookstore is beautiful but it is really crowded so you don't really feel like to get to se much of it. The queues to go in are shorter in the afternoons/evenings than the mornings but it seems to always be busy inside. I recommend...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephierin
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went a little before opening and it was a total zoo. The line for ticket holders was several hundred strong. The line to buy a ticket must have been 50 or 60 deep. I read the reviews about how it's a small place jammed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank john23
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had to go to another place to get tickets and the library, now a book shop, is in fact very small. Other than that, it is worth a visit but a bit steep at 5 euros for what will only be a very quick...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LuLuSunshine
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very nice historic bookshop in the heart of Porto, very crowded but there's not much they can do about that. The building itself is just beautiful and you can buy really nice books (even in english and other languages) there. If you ask the staff,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Katarzyna D
October 21, 2018|
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Response from LL517LL | Reviewed this property |
The price for entrance is €5, it’s busy in morning but lines got shorter in afternoon and later in the day. Plus you have to use paid lockers to store your pocketbooks or bags.
October 20, 2018|
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Response from Qwerty_Poiuyt | Reviewed this property |
No, there is no such limitation. You may not use your photos for commercial purposes, and you are asked to CO tribute to a calm visit and a steady flow of and down the stairs. This was the case in October, at least.
August 25, 2017|
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Response from Xtinemd | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delayed reply , just like the rest we just turned up and bought tickets , enjoy your travels !
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Tom R
London, United Kingdom
Book Shops in Porto (7 Replies)
Hello, I have a free afternoon in Porto in June, in which I need to visit as many bookshops as possible. A quick Google search showed Livraria Lello, which looks incredible, but I really need shops with a section dedicated to children's books. Does anybody have any recommendations? Thanks in advance, Tom
May 17, 2013|
Response fromNewJerseyCyclist|
A student I met in Porto buys some fairly obscure books at FNAC, which has a few locations in Porto (Rua Sta. Caterina being most central, I believe).
The latest photography policy of Livraria Lello & Irmão (4 Replies)
Hello guys, I've read some various versions of the bookshop's policy. Some said photography is not allowed at all, some said it's only allowed between 9-10am... Does anyone know what the latest policy is? Thanks alot! Will be visitng Porto at the end of June :)
June 04, 2015|
Response fromfthw|
Yes indeed, photo's can be taken between 09.00 and 10.00 am.
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Livraria Lello Open on 24 June? (3 Replies)
Hi All, Does anyone know Livraria Lello's hours for 23 June or 24 June? I haven't been able to find information about their Festa de Sao Joao hours. Thanks!
June 21, 2014|
Response fromJose S|
I'm not sure, but my guess would be it is open as normal on the 23rd and closed on the 24th...