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“Coolest bookstore I've ever seen”
Review of Atlantis Books

Atlantis Books
Ranked #1 of 22 Shopping in Oia
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Oujda, Morocco
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Coolest bookstore I've ever seen”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Atlantis Books is like no other! Be careful going down the steep steps to the entrance, but once you're inside you'll be entranced. When I walked in, two men were playing a traditional tune on their guitars in the back room. Lines of poetry have been scribbled on the walls, and there are plenty of unique books to browse through. The place is tightly packed from floor to ceiling with its selection and the staff are quite welcoming. There's definitely something magical about this place and it will certainly encourage you to linger.

Visited May 2012
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Santa Rosa, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“You’d be Lucky to Fall Down These Stairs”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Located in the center of Oia, Santorini, Atlantis Books is a splendid deviation from the marble pathway on your way to the sunset, or even better, on your way back (which teases with the possibility of good music and cheap wine). For those weary of poor literature, or even worse, poor conversation, a rare literary experience is only a fragment of what you will find here. The staff is very knowledgeable about local shopping, eateries, and sight-seeing, and may even invite you to join them in their own enterprising ventures. Children, French, German, Spanish, and Lobster friendly, you’ll love climbing through this underground tree-house to find your own readable keepsake...be sure to look for their original postcards or the latest issue of Paravion Press to send back home. You’ll be glad you found your way down these stairs.

Visited July 2011
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“One of the most magical places I've ever been”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Atlantis Books is a bookstore like no other. After wandering the dreamy streets of Santorini, my fiance and I happened down the steps to a cozy, warm room, filled with books of all kinds. The selection is great (lots of languages, too) and the people were so friendly. Apparently a group of friends traveling around Europe decided to open this shop, so they bought books, drove a van from Germany, and started the shop on a shoestring budget. The shop exudes warmth and friendship, and is a place you'd want to sit and stay awhile. Definitely a must see.

Visited July 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Little gem in Oia”
Reviewed June 4, 2012 via mobile

When I saw the sign 'Rent a cat for 5 euros' I figured this was one store worth investigating. It's the quirkiest little book store I have been in for some time for sure, but well stocked with books in multiple languages and some interesting touches - the collections of books banded together by theme e.g. Irish authors (so pleased to see that!), the literary quotations written onto the walls, and the intelligent and witty section signage. There also appears to be a bed in the back though whether that's for customers to lounge on or for the owner to take a nap, I wasn't sure! Very pleasant and helpful shop owner. I picked up a great local book about Oia which filled in a lot of the history of the village that you don't get from tour guides. As bookstores go, it was pricey and mind yourself going down the steps - they are quite sharp and steep. There is a literary festival here in November which looks very interesting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Discover your own Atlantis”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

This bookstore was clearly created by readers -- people who know good books that stand the test of time. The best part, though, is that discovering the bookstore can feel like you've uncovered Atlantis itself. Walk down a flight of stairs, turn into an old cave house, and meander through rooms teeming with books. The store has all the major European languages covered but English is certainly their strong suit, from Proust to the latest summer read fad. They have every book you've been meaning to read. Don't go to Oia without stopping in this store. It will be the coolest bookstore you've ever been to. Seriously.

Visited June 2011
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