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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...more
When we heard the famous library we were so interested to see an old library, once we were there and we found the long queue we were excited and expected an amazing visit.
So long queue waiting in front of the library then discovered that...More
Would you pay to go into a Waterstones? That’s basically what you do here. Difference is this place is special. Worth queuing and waiting. Only takes a few minutes once in though to see everything. Harry Potter (tenuous) link draws hundreds here.
Maybe it's fine in February but in the height of the summer, it's way too overcrowded, a victim of its own reputation as the "Harry Potter" bookstore. Cost to enter is 5 euros which goes toward the purchase of a book but the lines are...More
If you love Harry Potter this is probably a must see, but since there are so many Harry Potter fans out there (I like the series, but am not crazy about them) this place was packed. You have to buy a ticket in an adjacent...More
It will take you on most days some time to get inside: ticket office is located on another, nearby location where there is mostly a queue, pay EUR 5 per person (which will be deducted from the price of a book when you buy one),...More
This well-preserved bookshop is well worth a visit. There's something magical happening there, perhaps more noticeable if you're a writer. The creaking floorboards, the winding stairs, the history are all glorious!
Livraria Lello is of course beautiful but, as things are set up now, it neither works as a tourist attraction or as a book store sadly.
We were there early morning in the middle of the week and were pretty much unable to browse the...More
The bookshop gets very busy and everyone is forever posing on the stairs for pictures. It was a cool bookshop to see. I know it’s Portugal but considering the amount of tourists I think they need more English books. All three of us wanted a...More
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
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 worth the effort to try to be there in time.
The entrance is not at the same place as the ticket office, but it is just round the corner. No idea what happens when you miss the time of your ticket, but I think you can simply ask at the ticket desk, since they are very nice people!
There is no café inside, but indeed there is a very nice Costa coffee accross the street. And otherwise there are lots of very nice places to eat just round the corner.