Livraria Lello, Porto

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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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  • After waiting 45 minutes in line, we are finally inside. The Bookstore is quite beautiful, no doubt about it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a section on the second floor with... 
    After waiting 45 minutes in line, we are finally inside. The Bookstore is quite beautiful, no doubt about it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a section on the second floor with...  more »
  • Great bookstore and reputed to be the inspiration for the Harry Potter series. But honestly, this is a COVID hotbed. No one wears masks and the place is mobbed. 
    Great bookstore and reputed to be the inspiration for the Harry Potter series. But honestly, this is a COVID hotbed. No one wears masks and the place is mobbed.  more »
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  • I mean the place itself is very cool (especially the stained glass) although it has accommodated itself to the visitors, which are mostly young women posing. book wise you can buy some of their own editions of famous authors but the selection is not very broad. one can see a broad selection of old books and their authors with their busts on top of the shelves from the stairs, unfortunately these are behind a glass and too far to be explored.
  • This place is INCREDIBLE! Worth the short wait in line. It reminds me of some enchanted library. The long line goes by pretty quickly. The books are gorgeous!! They have unique covers and are beautifully made. If you like books and reading, this place is heaven!

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