I stumbled across a website the other day that features photos of what it calls the "Most Interesting Bookstores of the World" and thought, "Yep. Those are pretty interesting!" But ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN’ INCREDIBLE is actually more accurate. Take a look at the photos of "Most Interesting Libraries in the World" too.
I went digging on Flickr for more remarkable bookstores and found some other great examples. One is an underground manga shop in Shibuya, Tokyo. Another is El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, which is housed in a former theater. You can get a decent sense of its scale by watching this video:
My favorite, though, might be the Lello Bookshop (Livraria Lello) in Porto, Portugal. (More photos here and here.) You can feel what it’s like to stroll down the Lello’s incredible staircase by watching the video below.
Funny, but I don’t get the same feeling walking up OR down the stairs in our store. (Sigh.)
What some places lack in aesthetic virtures, though, they make up for in charm and sheer VOLUME. I was amazed to watch the video below, about an unbelievable book-filled farm in Princeton, Wisconsin. I think the only place I’ve seen more books might be at the Library of Congress.
What’s the most amazing bookstore you’ve ever visited?