Famous bookshops I want to visit


As someone who loves books, it’s no surprise that I love getting lost in a bookshop while wandering up and down the aisles and seeing all the latest recommendations. And as I love to travel, there’s nothing better than discovering different shops all around the world. Last year, I discovered Shakespeare and Co. in Paris and it was truly a wonderful experience that I would recommend to all book lovers.

I would love to discover some more so I have compiled a list of the bookshops that seem like great places to visit.

Gay’s the Word (London, England)

If you are a book blogger or bookstagrammer then the chances of you hearing about this bookshop are pretty big. It’s one of only three bookshops in the United Kingdom that sells a range of LGBTQA+ fiction and non-fiction books. This small, independent bookshop brings a wide range of visitors to the Camden area every year.

Libreria Acqua Alta (Venice, Italy) 

This bookshop looks like a lot of fun. Books are shelved on boats and the shop leads right onto a beautiful, Italian canal. There are a wide range of books in various languages available so anyone who visits will get to buy all the books they want.

Honesty Bookshop (Hay-On-Wye, Wales)

Hay-On-Wye is famous for its annual Hay Festival where book lovers gather to celebrate great literature. Honesty Bookshop is exactly what the name describes. It’s an unmanned outdoor shop where visitors can put some money in a sealed box and take any book they wish. It looks like it is set in a really pretty area too.

Chongqing Zhongshuge (Chonqing, China)

How cool does this bookshop look? It has zigzagged staircases and mirrored ceilings which make the building look even bigger. Inside there is a place to dine and also designated reading areas.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Set in an old theatre, this beautiful bookshop has rows and rows of books for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can even take books to one of the theatre boxes and have a little bit of a browse. The stage itself is a café, so guests can sit and enjoy food and drink while gazing out at all of the books.

I’ve heard they also sell some book themed souvenirs that all book addicts would love.


Have you visited any of these famous bookshops? Comment below your favourite. I’m also on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – @bookwormgirl_24 


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