You'll find Livraria Lello fascinating even if you're not into books. A bookstore with loads of character not found in malls, this building from the early 20th century features Neo-Gothic details that add a punch of magic to the usual shopping experience. "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling, who lived in Porto in the 1990s, allegedly used one of the shop's twisting stairways for inspiration. Stop by and you might be inspired to read--or write--something too. Use our Porto trip itinerary planning app to visit Livraria Lello on your trip to Porto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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I bought the entrances trouhgt internet, but when we tryed to go in it was imposible becaus the línea was so long that it would take more that 2 hours to get in. They sell tickets even when the kuwa... more »
So the very long line that goes around the block in the photo, was the queue at 9am. And the second queue in the photo is the queue to buy the tickets to join the much longer queue to get into a books... more »
Is this the world’s most beautiful bookshop? Tourists and locals may agree it’s worth a visit to decide for yourself. Due to it’s popularity there is a small entrance fee redeemable against purchases. If you’re a tourist buy a copy of the store history for the cost of the fee. Tickets are available a few doors up the street once you have a ticket the queue isn’t long. Be mindful of other patrons and move off the stairs.
The bookshop is insanely beautiful. However, there is always a long line, so you need to be patient and wait in order to get in. Inside it is also very crowded, so it is hard to enjoy the interior. The advantage is that the entrance fee of 5 EUR serves as a voucher if you decide to buy something from the bookshop.
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