Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The most beautiful book stores in the world?

A couple of years ago the Guardian had a request to readers to propose what could be the most beautiful book shop in the world. They were inspired by Flavorwire who made a list of the 20 most beautiful book stores in the world (click link to see list).  Of this list my favourite seven would be:

Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland
Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal
Cook & Book, Brussels, Belgium
Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cafebreria El Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico
Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France
Bart’s Books, Ojai, California

I love coming in to these kind of book stores. Unfortunately, they are not that common anymore. The idea that you have a café or restaurant in the book store where you can borrow a book and read or look in while you are drinking your coffee, maybe find a fellow soulmate who loves books and have a nice talk. Of the book stores above I have only been to Cook & Book in Brussels and it is really lovely. Each room has a different theme and you are surrounding by books. I add here some of my own photos from my visit there (not the best of photos but still...).
Cook & Book 

Another book store which I love might not be called beautiful but intriguing! It is situated in the old city of Palma in Mallorca, Spain. It is run by an Englishman and you have a notion of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books'! 3-4 stories, going downwards... It is like a labyrinth and sometimes you feel that you might not find you way out around all the book cases which are placed absolutely everywhere and makes a big room into... right, a labyrinth! It has to be seen.

I also love those small cafés which you enter by chance and then there are 10 books or even less placed on a shelf or in a corner. It immediately gives me a wonderful feeling. Do you have any favourite book stores? Libraries? Anything where books are stored. Please let me know either here or on my facebook page (yes, I have finally managed it!) It is also called The Content Reader. Enjoy the following picture and wise words.

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