Here we have 20 of the word’s most beautiful bookstores, as chosen by Flavorwire’s readers. Their interiors range from the magnificent to the humble, though each with a fantastic display of books. Some are old, as the cities and buildings they’re housed in, some hyper modern, and some without any walls at all! Try your hand at scanning book titles in tiny print after the jump!
The cultural news blog Flavorwire posted the article The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World earlier this year for readers to enjoy. Not only did readers find pleasure in staring in amazement at the towering bookshelves, with library style ladders with wheels, but they also became eager in wanting to contribute their own selection of beautiful world bookstores.
Complete with chandeliers, some of the older stores remind of Belle’s library from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which we’ve decided to include a clip from, for your viewing pleasure as well as to show that our dreams, such as Belle’s, of being in a fantastic library can be a multiple reality!
In order, the 20 stores, shown above are: Chapters Runnymede (Toronto), Baldwin’s Book Barn (West Chester, PA), Bücherbogen (Berlin), Livraria Cultura (São Paulo, Brazil), Kníhkupectvo Martinus.sk (Bratislava, Slovakia), Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (Bath, England), Tattered Cover (Denver, CO), Massolit Books (Kraków, Poland), Underground bookstore in Coober Pedy (Australia), Waterstones at the Bradford Wool Exchange (Bradford, UK), Mendo (Amsterdam), Librería Rosario Castellanos (Mexico City), Daunt Books (Marylebone, London), The Honesty Bookshop (Hay-on-Wye, UK), Assouline Books (Paris, France), Leakeys Secondhand Bookshop (Iverness, Scotland), Hennessey + Ingalls (Santa Monica, CA), Academic Bookshop (Helsinki), Rizzoli (New York City), and Munro’s Books (Victoria, Canada).
And here are some of the love exteriors of the above bookstores that make us want to pay each a visit even more, even if it’s just to linger outside, peering in as we pass on by after closing hours!