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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about famous bookstores! Don’t we all love a good, atmospheric bookstore to browse books and just get lost in? I’ve been lucky in that I’ve already been able to visit 2 famous bookstores, but then there also still many, many more I’d still love to visit. So in this post I’m focusing on 8 famous bookstores around the world I’d love to visit (& 2 I have visited):
**2 Famous Bookstores I Visited**
Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France
I visited this bookstore earlier this year during a visit to Paris and it was just as messily cozy as I’d imagined. Also, there was a cat roaming around the bookstore, which was just a bonus!
Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht, The Netherlands
A bookstore set in a 13-th century church, The Dominicanen bookstore was amazing! There’s also a little cafe in the back so you can browse books and just bask in the awesomeness while having a nice coffee or tea.
**8 Famous Bookstores I’d Still Love to Visit**
The Strand, New York City, USA
18 miles of books? As a European, I have no idea how much that is exactly, but it sounds amazing nonetheless.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires
Set in an old theater, this bookstore still has the original opera boxes and ceiling frescos and it looks enchanting!
Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy
I really, really want to visit Venice one day, and this floating bookstore is one of the places I’d love to see for myself.
Atlantis Books, Oía, Santorini, Greece
A bookstore with a view of the Aegean Sea? Yes, please!
Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal
This bookstore is one of the most famous and beautiful in the world and is known for its gorgeous red double helix staircase. Though I’ve heard they charge three euros to get in, I’d gladly pay that price just to see the beauty for myself one day.
Honesty Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
This is just one bookshop set in a whole bookish town, so really, I’d just love to visit the whole of Hay-on-Wye, but I do love the idea of an unmanned outdoor bookstore that simply has a box for you to drop your payment. Honesty, indeed!
Book and Bed, Tokyo, Japan
Book and Bed is a bookstore-themed hostel in Tokyo, meaning you can sleep in bunks between the books. How amazing does that sound?
Coex Mall Starfield Library, Seoul, South Korea
Located inside the COEX shopping mall, the Starfield Library is most known for its 13-meter high bookshelf.