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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
You have to go here. It is the most beautiful bookstore in the world. It is worth the entrance fee and the fee goes towards a book purchase, and who doesn’t need an excuse to buy another book? It is packed with people taking photos...More
The interior of the library is beautiful, but there were so many people that you couldn’t even stop and look at the bookshelves. My friend and I visited at the end of September and as soon as i started going through a book at least...More
The interior architecture of Livraria Lello defies description. Its magic is in the details: the unique curvature of stairs and rails; the placement of small authors' busts on book spines; beautiful stained glass skylights--all this and more creates a world apart from the daily grind...More
You need a ticket to get in, which you can get around the corner. 5 Eur. They also have a bag check there. I guess they were getting tired of hordes of tourists coming but not buying. If you do buy something they deduct the...More
Housed in a wonderful two-story building, the Livraria Lello offers books of interest to every reader. The fairy-tale interior is inspiring and adds to the heady experience. Also, the Miro exhibit was very nice and quite well done!
We've been living in Porto for about 9 months and it has taken until now to visit Lello's because I've refused to stand in the long lines that always seem to be there. But we were in the area about 5pm on a Thursday evening...More
Payed eur 5 to be allowed in - which is reimbursed if you buy a book. They invented this to dave the store from bankruptcy, and thats fine by me. Dont expect much international literature though, but they have the most fantastic illustrated harry potter...More
Although this bookstore is incredibly beautiful, it's simply not worth the time nor the money.
Every guide suggests this as a must-see location, and once inside you can see why, but the huge crowds take away from it all. It's becomes incredibly difficult to appreciate...More
I defenitely can fully confirm the comment of organicgirl48. The line at the entrance is rather long most of the time, so it is certainly an advantage if you have a timed ticket because you don't have to queue. It's really... More
I defenitely can fully confirm the comment of organicgirl48. The line at the entrance is rather long most of the time, so it is certainly an advantage if you have a timed ticket because you don't have to queue. It's really worth the effort to try to be there in time.
The entrance is not at the same place as the ticket office, but it is just round the corner. No idea what happens when you miss the time of your ticket, but I think you can simply ask at the ticket desk, since they are very nice people!
There is no café inside, but indeed there is a very nice Costa coffee accross the street. And otherwise there are lots of very nice places to eat just round the corner.