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.

Lisbon - Livraria Ferin

Rua Nova do Almada 70-74

+351 21 342 4492

http://www.ferin.pt

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.

Lisbon - Fabrica do Braço de Prata

Rua da Fábrica de Material de Guerra 1

+351 96 551 8068

http://www.bracodeprata.com

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.

Lisbon - Ler Devagar

LX Factory, R. Rodrigues Faria 103

+351 21 325 9992

http://www.lerdevagar.om

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.

Lisbon - PÓ DOS LIVROS

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.

Lisbon - Livraria Bertrand

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