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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  • A very Beautiful & old bookstore - famous also for JKR beginning the Harry Potter book series while there. Seeing the unique gorgeous wooden staircase up close certainly gives some perspective (& a.....  more
    A very Beautiful & old bookstore - famous also for JKR beginning the Harry Potter book series while there. Seeing the unique gorgeous wooden staircase up close certainly gives some perspective (& a.....  more »
  • Beware!! This is the biggest con job ever!! We paid for a timed ticket. We were directed to join the hundreds queued outside waiting for the same time slot. There is no guarantee to get in at the... 
    Beware!! This is the biggest con job ever!! We paid for a timed ticket. We were directed to join the hundreds queued outside waiting for the same time slot. There is no guarantee to get in at the...  more »
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  • Whether or not you are a fan of Harry Potter, this bookstore is one of the must-visit places in Porto. I would say that getting your ticket online is a MUST if you don't want to waste a lot of time in the queue. Seriously, the lines at this place are insane. When you book your ticket online you can select the time you want to enter and it is important that you are there at that time. Thanks to this you will be able to avoid the queues (at least we were able to avoid the queue the time we went thanks to this). When you arrive at the site, tell them that you have reserved for X hour and they will tell you what to do. The bookstore is beautiful, it looks like something out of a story. Of course, if you want to take a photo without people... good luck because it is practically impossible unless you arrive first thing in the morning. Inside you can find a wide variety of books and also Portuguese literature. They have their own bookstore collection with some of the most iconic books, these having special covers and decoration. With your ticket you have a discount of 5 € to buy books (the price of the ticket). In short, a must-see in Porto, as long as you book online and manage to avoid the queue, because if you don't, you will wait a long time in line, losing time for other activities that you can do in the city.
  • 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.

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