Livraria Lello
Livraria Lello
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world with its intricate neo-gothic and art nouveau design. Inaugurated in 1906, it is one of Portugal's oldest bookstores. It's most famous for its iconic central wooden staircase with its elegant curves and large stained glass windows. The bookstore is also said to have inspired the creation of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, attracting travelers from all over the world. You'll need a timed ticket to enter—the ticket fee is deducted if you purchase a book at the store. The bookstore is located near Praca de Lisboa. – Tripadvisor
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  • Michelle P
    26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sumptuous interiors, massive crowds
    Unless you are a Harry Potter fan, or you really want to buy something from this ancient bookstore, I'd give it a pass. It was ridiculously crowded, dangerous even, just to crush by other folks gawking at the interiors. Nice but not a list-topper,
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • BRENDA P
    Alaska35 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty, overpriced, and crowded
    I came here because of the Harry Potter refer, which I later learned that there is absolutely no connection. The author never wrote her books here. It has a pretty staircase that’s crowded with people taking photos. Also, you are only allowed to use one voucher per book. I had le 5€ vouchers for multiple family members, and could only use one voucher. At 15-20 € a book, not worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Karen L
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too busy to see how lovely it is!
    Visiting this lovely bookshop in July is a bit tiresome! We already had bought our tickets online for 9am when it opened but still the queue was down the street. It is a fabulous shop with that amazing staircase - but so, so busy! Everyone trying to get a pic on their phones, jostling & squeezing past each other. Beautiful shop but never quiet in high season! Some people even bought a book!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Paola R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in a life this place merits a visit
    Undoubtedly, the best bookstore available in the world. Magic athmosphere, art deco, painted mirrors, fascinating stairs and books everywhere! At least once in a life, this place merits a visit!
    Visited September 2022
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Agnes N
    Singapore130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early - get the 9am 15 euro voucher
    It is crowded at every minute. Even at 9-939am. There is no chance for you to take that damn red staircase without anyone you don’t know posing on it. And you would be stuck at an awkward corner when you either wanted to go down or climb up due to the people jamming the place for selfies. On one spot, for ten min. But overall the bookstore is pretty. I like it but I don’t think it’s the most beautiful one. I do like the vibes and the feel, the build and the furnishings. I appreciate the art and the history. The staff was friendly and helpful. But the crowd killed the book mood. The thing I like second most from their decor is their published books, sooo refined and classy. I got three books from it. Absolute treasure.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 July 2023
  • carole212
    New York City, New York192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely stop to experience a very unique space
    The most beautiful bookstore in the world is worth a visit particularly if you are a book nerd like me. Book in advance and be patient with the queue, but enjoy a unique experience. The space is really interesting and the books are lovely in many different languages. Your ticket includes a small book to remember your stay. Enjoy!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Linda S
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Livraria Lello = Love
    My whole reason for visiting Porto was to visit the Livraria Lello, and I wasn't disappointed. It's beautiful. My husband was less eager but even he was blown away by the interior, I felt that I wasn't to just stand and stare, touch the wood work and enjoy every moment. Be aware, it's VERY busy, the queues are very long so I would definitely book skip the line tickets, you get a free book so you're not wasting money. Even if you aren't a book lover I would recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • mytuppenceworth
    Halifax, United Kingdom32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Totally deserving of the epithet ‘most beautiful bookshop in the world’. Worth ticket price as you get a discount on books purchased. A reasonable range of English language books considering it has to cater for so many tourists from different places. Staff are lovely. Only thing which lets it down is the selfishness of folk posing for Instagram - that’s fine, but perhaps don’t hog the key spaces and let other people have a chance! Perhaps less people per entry time might help with the congestion?
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Julie W
    9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, but crowded
    Really beautiful bookshop but limited book selection. Even at 5.30pm it’s so crowded. We had a ticket booked on line in advance. Arrived and queued for around 25 mins and were let in about 15mins before our slot. The store is beautiful but the crowds definitely distract so after 10mins of jostling we were out again. Can’t imagine it would be quiet at any time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Michele F
    West Hempstead, New York53 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful booksotre, but may not be worth the crowds
    Although this is a unique, beautiful bookshop - it seems like a bit of a scam to charge people to come to a store where you buy things. It was hot, crowded, lots of waiting. If we didn't go, I would feel like we missed something - having gone, I feel like we could have skipped this stop.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
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Surreyfamily35
Leatherhead131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Lello bookshop has been made more famous by the supposed link with JKR who lived in Porto and wrote HP there. It is very very crowded all the time. But that's life. It is an architectural gem. Bit of a scrum ( books seem much more expensive in Portugal than the UK) . Great to see a bookshop so popular. But stay away if you don't like queuing and crowds
Written 15 June 2024
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Glynis J
melbourne9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Bought skip the line for $15.90 and the beautiful little books included in this price negated the extra entry admission. It was quite a highlight of Porto! Pretty crowded inside, but manageable. Really beautiful books!!
Written 15 June 2024
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Laura
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We booked our ticket as a fun event on my girlfriend’s birthday. Despite buying the ticket for an allocated time, we still had to wait for 15 mins before entry. When we got into Lello, it was crammed full with people.

Visiting bookshops should be a relaxing experience, allowing time to carefully browse the books on offer. A key disappointment of this visit was that as a bookshop, Livraria Lello failed to perform its function. There was virtually no representation of Portuguese literature, with most of the shelf space dedicated to pretty, yet overpriced editions of well-known classics. The “Best of Portugal” section contained tour guides instead of what could have shed a spotlight on Portuguese authors such as Fernando Pessoa.

As a tourist attraction, the bookshop could benefit from fewer tickets sold per half hour slot. The experience was claustrophobic, rushed and made worse by the lack of any visitor management. This caused bottlenecks of people throughout the shop, often caused by attempts at photography.

We would recommend not spending the 8€ on the ticket, as a book will set you back 23€ if you are buying more than one. There are so many examples of the beautiful architecture down that street in Porto, and countless antique bookshops around the city to explore instead, which would benefit more from our money.
Written 14 June 2024
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Fantine M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was incredibly beautiful. Better book in advance though, as it gets very busy. Not sure you can actually just show up ...
Written 11 June 2024
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Ian Whyte
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The most crowded unpleasant bookshop I have ever been in. Bookshops are supposed to be peaceful - this was simply awful - a total waste of time and money. Poor management of people - way too many people - could not wait to get out of there. We visited at midday on a public holiday - so it was packed with people. If you were lucky enough to visit on a quiet day it may be OK but the books appeared overpriced anyway. All in all a HUGE disappointment.
Written 10 June 2024
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Jane W
London, UK80 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This shop most certainly did not inspire Hogwarts. While the architecture and design are lovely, the space is small, dark and the books on sale are overpriced editions printed for tourists, who swarm over every inch. The owner has turned the shop into a tourist trap, the numbers allowed in at one time make it impossible to move, impossible to admire the architecture and design, and impossible to enjoy the space.

This is absolutely not worth the entry price or the ridiculous queues. There is a larger and better example of similar architecture down the road, where you can just stroll in, wander, enjoy and admire. It sells an odd mix of mainly Portuguese items. Go there and avoid this farce.
Written 10 June 2024
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Kaerland
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I saw photos of this place and was really looking forward to my visit since my hotel was around the corner. I booked my entry online and stood in line for almost an hour. The bookshop is relatively small, and as many other comments state, the amount of people that are in the interior can be quite uncomfortable. The interior is beautiful, but as soon as I started walking through it, I regretted paying 8€ to view it.
Other than the beautiful interior decor, it really has not much more to offer. You could buy their book on the history of the bookstore (probably the only book worth buying) and you would get a better view of the details from the safety of your home.
The bookstore is a tourist attraction. Their selection of books are not worthy to call it a bookstore. You wont find any recent publications from modern authors, and what they do have are reprints of books you probably already own, like Alice in Wonderland, in a reduced version. The only difference is that the bookstore has their label on the cover for you to buy as a souvenier. Which means that if you expect to get your 8€ entrance fee discounted on a book, count on buying a book you are probably never going to read and that it is going to cost you at least double what you paid for the entrance fee. You wont find a book for less than 16€. The visit to the interior takes 10 minutes to complete and you might spend another 20 minutes trying to find a book to get your 8€ back .
Written 8 June 2024
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Employment Law Guru
United States71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
A one of a kind experience! We literally flew in from Toronto to Lisbon, dropped off our luggage at our hotel and hopped on a 3 hr train just to see this bookstore! It was worth all of the travel and no sleep! The history and city are hard to compare to anything. Be prepared to wait in que but it’s worth it and goes fast!!
Written 7 June 2024
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Rupinder Kaur
Edmonton, Canada272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This bookstore is immaculate. One of the most beautiful bookstores I’ve ever been to! The line up to get in was long, I would highly recommend booking a slot ahead of time. There’s a special space to store strollers as they’re not allowed indoors. Everyone also receives store credit to spend towards books ☺️
Written 6 June 2024
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THI Blackburn
Blackburn, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A lovely experience if you love books. Amazing library, very quirky and one of a kind. Huge queues so definitely worth buying the more expensive ticket where you are given a time slot but don’t have to queue, you also get the price of your ticket back against a book purchased. Worth the visit but just a little too busy.
Written 2 June 2024
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