10 Brilliant Bookshops

Don’t worry, this post is not some bookish rehash of that Christmas song about giving your true love turtle doves and other random things they wouldn’t want in copious numbers. No, it’s way better than that.

It’s a Top Ten Tuesday all about libraries and Bookshops I’d love to visit, which wasn’t too hard for me since I spend half my life trawling through Instagram admiring pretty book hubs.

1. Shakespeare and Company in Paris

Tucked into to the corner of Paris this homely bookshop is the oldest in Paris and still as quant and beautiful as when it was first built.

2. Aqua Alta in Venice

This library in Venice looks amazing. Complete with Gondola, there’s books stacked in every corner and towering up the walls, a dusty, cramped paradise for any book lover.

3. Starfield Library in South Korea

With floor to ceiling length shelves curving round the library, spotlit and organised, what’s not to love about this South Korean masterpiece.

4. Library@Orchard in Singapore

This library depicts a more modern theme with its white, neat shelves, curving round each other in elegant patterns over in Singapore. And yes, I’ve clearly watched too many home design shows.

5. Admont Abbey Library in Austria

Once a monastery, this beautiful building has been stacked high with books tucked between majestic columns, gold detail and all perched under its beautifully painted ceiling.

6. Carousel of Light in Bucharest

Pristine white columns, hard oak floors, a second story weaving it’s way round it’s hollowed out centre- a breathtaking book store in Bucharest that I’d love to visit.

7. Tropisms in Brussels

Having recently visited Brussels I can attest that the city is full of delicate charm and intricate design, so it’s no surprise that this palace like library found its home there.

8. Ler Devager in Portugal

Stacked high with books and sporting that upper floor balcony I’m really starting to appreciate in books shops, this well snapped shop is a real masterpiece.

9. The British Library in London

Just opposite Kings Cross this library must stock one of every book ever traditionally published in the UK. It’s massive, beautifully domed and majestically built in the heart of London. And a firm favourite with my book obsessed historian of a boyfriend.

10. Hachards in London

We’re getting a little less exotic now but I felt should mention this one. Having been in Piccadilly for two centuries this bookshop boasts being the oldest bookshop in the world. It’s bay windows and Square front have stood the test of time, showing just how popular reading is.

Lets Compare Notes

Have you been to any of these shops? Have I missed any key or magestic masterpieces that house books? Care to share your ttt list? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

36 thoughts on “10 Brilliant Bookshops

  1. The British Library would probably be pretty cool to go to. I haven’t been to any of them though. Although I have been to Venice twice… but not Libreria L’acua Alta.

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  2. Shaespeare & Company is definitely a bookstore I hope to make it to one of these days! The one in bucharest sounds amazing too, and I love that name!

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  3. I’m pretty much a B&N (or Amazon) book shopper. Not because I wouldn’t like to see cool bookstores, but rather because I don’t really have access to them. Still, someday it’s fun to dream about visiting some of these amazing places! Hope you get to see all of these places. πŸ™‚

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  4. Great list! I’d love to go to Venice, and I definitely want to check out Aqua Alta while I’m there.

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  5. I just visited Starfield Library in Seoul a few weeks ago! It’s really just as incredible as it looks in pictures. Actually, in pictures you usually only see one side of the library, so it was bigger than I expected it to be. Would highly recommend visiting it if you can!

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  6. Uhh, can’t believe i’ve been to piccadilly so many times and never noticed that bookshop! Actually googled it to be sure, and yeppp… never knew πŸ˜€

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