We think there isn’t all that much better in life than getting lost in a good book. For all the travel book lovers out there, what could be more inspirational than finding a great travel bookstore? As such, we are happy to share our opinions on some of the best travel bookstores around the world. From charming boutiques to sprawling megastores, these travel bookstores are definitely worth a visit!
Daunt Books (London, England) - Daunt Books in London is a travel lover's dream! This bookstore was founded in 1990 to specialize in travel books, although they now offer a broader selection. Not only is there a large travel book selection with books about every corner of the globe, but they also have maps from around the world, albums of travel photos, and even famous travel journals. The Marylebone High Street location is probably the most famous of their locations, with an amazing internal gallery that just begs for a photo.
No list of great travel bookstores is complete without Stanfords. Also located in London, this is a must visit for travel lovers. The knowledgeable staff is of course passionate about travel, and they have a generous selection of vintage travel books, maps and travel accessories. Visitors can even special order hard-to-find titles or specific items they'd like to take home as a remembrance of their trip.
Livraria Lello (Porto, Portugal) – This one-of-a-kind bookstore opened in 1906 and is widely considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Its stunning art nouveau facade features two large stained-glass windows depicting Portuguese literature figures Camoes and Bocage while its interior showcases intricate woodwork ceilings with carved angels holding up ornate lamps that light up rows upon rows of shelves filled with books from across Europe. Absolutely a must-see in our opinion for those lucky of enough to be visiting Porto. We actually have not yet gotten to go, has anyone reading this actually been there?
Strand Book Store, NYC: Postdlf, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons
Daunts, London: CVB, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Livraria Lello, Porto: A_nostalgia_na_Lello.jpg: Alegna13A_Livraria_Lello_e_Irmão.jpg: Alegna13A_ponte_de_encanto.jpg: Alegna13derivative work: Morray, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Powells, Portland: Adam Jones, Ph.D., CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
The Last Book Store, Los Angeles: vagueonthehow from Tadcaster, York, England, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
3/19/2023 01:24:11 pm
This is a great list - but I do have a fabulous bookstore to add: Atlantis Books on Santorini.
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