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Livraria Lello

Rua Carmelitas 144 | Vitória, Porto 4050-161, Portugal
+351 22 200 2037
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Livraria Lello is a bookshop with an extraordinary historical and architectural value, located at the number 144 of Rua das Carmelitas, in downtown Porto, in Portugal. Its origins date back to 1881, when the brothers José and António Lello opened an establishment at the nearby Rua do Almada, Porto, dedicated to publish and selling books. In 1894 they purchased the Chardron Bookstore, founded in 1869 by the French publisher Ernest Chardron, responsible for publishing much of the work of the famous Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The expansion of business encouraged the Lello brothers to build a new house for their shop. They choose the neighbourhood of Carmelitas, a prestigious shopping area that was being developed in the city of Porto. The project of the building was entrusted to the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves – considered the introducer of reinforced concrete in civil constructions in Portugal – which ended up presenting a true work of art. Opened in 1906, the bookshop boasts a façade in Gothic style, distinct from the surrounding urban landscape. Inside, shelves and ceilings are copiously. The staircase is particularly remarkable, as well as the large stained glass window bearing the bookshop monogram with the motto "Decus in labore" (dignity at work, in Latin). In 2016, a careful restoration gave back the original look and brightness to the façade and the stained glass. Travel + Leisure magazine considered Livraria Lello as the coolest bookshop in the world; the television station CNN consider it to be the most beautiful on the planet; Time magazine, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, all recognized that Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful in the world for its unique historical and artistic value.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“book store” (163 reviews)
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Rua Carmelitas 144 | Vitória, Porto 4050-161, Portugal
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+351 22 200 2037
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Reviewed today

Waste of time and overrated. Firstly you need to purchase tickets in the shop, then queue up to gain entry. There was about a 1 hour wait. Its so overcrowded. Its just a small bookstore (expensive). However im a huge Harry Potter fan, and this...More

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Reviewed today

beautiful grounds, not much of a book selection. poorly organized process - requires a ticket (at another location) to get in. if you are going to sell tickets, make those widely available. adopt some form of flow control, as it gets too crowded with people...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The Lello bookstore is interesting in terms of architecture and has a nice selection of books in several languages, but the staff is rather rude and ignorant. The agent at the information desk, for example, had no idea what editions of "The Lusiads" were available...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Don't fall into it! First you buy a voucher where nobody tells you about the 1 hour queue you have to endure before you're allowed in the bookstore. Which after all, is a bookshop, pretty as it us. We came outside, observed said queue and...More

Thank DeesD_11
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you want to feel a bit of Hogwarts or Diagon Alley this is a must do. It is a Unesco world heritage site and considered in the top 10 of most beautiful bookshops in the world. You’ll have to buy a ticket and lineup...More

Thank Eidolon_au
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After the line for the ticket and the line for the bookstore we had high hopes. Yes the bookstore is worth a visit but we expected more of the book selection in the place. Rather generic offering of books in our opinion. After comparing books...More

Thank Weekend_traveler_87
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very nice bookshop remind you Harry Potter saga. I am not a fun so maybe I didn't appreciate in the right way, moreover the price to enter is 5 euro! Yes it is a voucher gift if you will buy a book, but if not...More

Thank Livio G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Long queue to go inside. Worth the wait. Unique place, nice stair like a sculpture. The cristal ceiling is beautiful

Thank Nehemias H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful bookstore with one of a kind staircase. Browsing thought the shelves, I felt a little bit closer to Harry Potter. Short wait in line (less than 15 minutes).

Thank lalah72016
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The book shop was one of our POI during our city tour in Porto. It was really amazing, impressive and beautiful, but the magic environment and feeling was destroyed by the huge crowd and noise. You could not even make one step without getting into...More

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Tami G
25 August 2017|
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Response from Xtinemd | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delayed reply , just like the rest we just turned up and bought tickets , enjoy your travels !
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04fruitloop
12 August 2017|
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Response from AnnKeSt | Reviewed this property |
I defenitely can fully confirm the comment of organicgirl48. The line at the entrance is rather long most of the time, so it is certainly an advantage if you have a timed ticket because you don't have to queue. It's really... More
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Jennifer C
28 June 2017|
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Response from Freddy_on_trips | Reviewed this property |
The voucher can be used to buy a book from the bookstore and i believe it is one voucher per bill. Also i think it the voucher price is standard for kids or adult it would be the same thing.
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