5 of the best book shops
1) Livraria Férin
Livraria Férin has been in the same family for several generations, which has made it possible to keep the concept and the service as it has been since the store opened back in the 1840s. It is said to be the second oldest book shop in Portugal, which means that there are certainly many rare finds to look for on the shelves.
2) Fábrica Braço de Prata
Here you can find books, no question about that, but the shop also acts as a vibrant cultural centre for the alternative hipster crowd, offering art exhibits, live music performances, lectures and even a restaurant. All this happens in the unique setting of a former factory in eastern Lisbon – it’s a truly special place.
3) Ler Devagar
This wandering bookshop tried out several locations in Lisbon until it settled a few years ago in the hipster-chic LX Factory project, occupying a former warehouse lined with bookshelves. It has a loyal crowd of followers, which explains its resilience in today’s difficult times for booksellers.
4) PÓ DOS LIVROS
This independent neighbourhood bookshop is praised for its personal and expert service, and for the quality and relevance of its literary selection. The owners make a point of promoting lesser known authors and publishing houses, and they also sell used books.
5) Livraria Bertrand
This is the world’s oldest bookshop in operation, opened by the French Bertrand brothers in 1732. It is no longer a family business, in fact it is now the flagship store of a chain of bookshops (and a publishing house), but despite that it still has its original charm. There’s an interesting selection of international magazines.
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