10 Bookstores I Want to Visit – Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is a freebie – so I thought I’d write about ten bookstores I want to visit or revisit. Everywhere I travel, I try to find a local bookstore to spend some time in – the funkier the better. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some phenomenal independent bookstores, and I have even more I want to visit.

Bookstores I’ve been to

Shakespeare and Company in Paris France

  1. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France – sitting in the shadow of the famous Notre Dame, it’s easy to add onto a visit to the famous cathedral. It’s messy and cozy, and buying a book here is a perfect keepsake.
  2. The Strand in New York, USA – 18 miles of books. Need I say more?
  3. The Bouquinistes in Paris, France – These are the little bookselling stalls that line the Seine near the museums. Though most of the books are in French, they can still make a great souvenir. Plus, it’s cool that these stalls haven’t changed in 100s of years.

    Strand bookstore in New York City
    The Strand in NYC
  4. Chapters in Nanaimo, Canada – This isn’t an independent bookstore by any stretch of the imagination, but it was an important place in my childhood, and I still try to go back there whenever I go to Canada.
  5. Lawrence Books in Vancouver, Canada – I used to live around the corner from this store. Walking in is like getting a hug – a very paper scented hug. The books are precariously stacked and take up every square inch of this place. It’s just a great used book store.

Bookstores I want to visit

  1. Powell Books in Portland, USA – huge, independent, and stuffed to the rafters with books. I want to go and just spend an entire day wandering the stacks and buying every book in sight
  2. El Ateneo in Buenes Aires, Argentina – this is a stunning bookstore. It’s in an old highly decorative theater, and it looks like a stunning place to visit.
  3. Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy – I’ve been to Venice before, but I’ve never had the chance to go to this bookstore. It looks like an eclectic mishmash of books and antiques and nautical theming.
  4. Daunt Books in London, England – I’ve only seen pictures of this place, but it has soaring skylights in its central atrium. It looks gorgeous, and I’m sure it would be lovely rain or shine.
  5. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, USA – I’m sure that that everyone has seen the arches made of books that seem to defy gravity.
The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles
The Last Bookstore in LA

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  1. I live so close to the Strand (NYC) but I’ve yet to step inside. I hardly go towards midtown Manhattan so…I really hope to go one day! Wonderful list!

  2. I love this post! I highly recommend Carturesti Carussel in Bucharest, it’s very pretty and they tend to carry a good amount of foreign books. If anyone is ever remotely in the area

  3. That’s such a nice idea. Most of those book shops are pretty much out of my reach but I’ve walked past Aqua Alta once which is obviously not the same as going inside but it was closed at the time. 🙂

  4. I have been to Paris but haven’t been to Shakespeare & Company so I need to tick that off my list. This is such a great idea for a freebie! Really enjoyed reading it and thanks for sharing these cool book stores!

  5. Brilliant topic for a freebie week. You have been to some great bookstores. If I ever get to travel again {sigh} I’d love to wander about and spend too much money in most of these.

  6. Ooh, I’d love to go to Powells, Shakespeare & Co, and the bookstore in LA. I love The Strand — try to go there every time I’m in NY. Great list!

  7. Powell’s is such a cool bookstore! They not only have a ton of books, but really cool reader merch. I can’t wait to be able to go there again someday.

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