Amazing Bookshops from around the World


A character in Jim C. Hines’s Libriomancer calls bookstores “the closest thing I have to a church.”

If you, too, worship at the altar of crowded shelves and cracked spines, you’ll adore this list of ten unique bookstores from around the world as much as we did.

From Greece’s Atlantis Books with its bleach-white countryside and its “pre-loved” shelf to Paris’s century-old, open-air Les Bouquinistes, each has a story to tell (and several stories to sell).

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →