A gorgeous converted Dominican church gives the power of reading its due diligence.
, Maastricht, Holland
Modern design at its finest in a store full of art books.
The Bookàbar Bookshop
, Rome, Italy
We love the stairs as reading and display area, the wall-to-wall bookshelves, and the simple, clean design.
, Bratislava, Slovakia
This divine neo-gothic bookstore, opened in 1906, contains what we consider to be the ultimate definition of a stairway to heaven.
, Porto, Portugal
Somehow, this bookstore manages to be both whimsical and slightly macabre all at once.
There’s magic in the air at this English-language bookstore in Beijing.
This majestic converted 1920s movie palace uses theatre boxes for reading rooms and draws thousands of tourists every year. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
How could any kid (or adult, for that matter) resist those delicious reading nooks?
This is a bookstore that seems to be made almost entirely out of books — down to its dramatic front doors.
Livraria da Vila
, Sao Paulo, Brazil [photos
For those who like their green spaces (and coffee shops) to invade their bookstores.
Cafebreria El Pendulo
, Mexico City, Mexico
For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap.
Shakespeare & Company
, Paris, France [photo
The huge space, high ceilings and stately pillars make for a lovely reading experience.
The Last Bookstore
, Los Angeles, CA
For sailors and beach readers alike, this sun-kissed bookstore is a little less ostentatious than some of the others on this list, but no less lovely.
, Santorini, Greece
The biggest outdoor bookstore in the world, this photo doesn’t really do the place justice — it’s all about the view.
, Ojai, California [photo
The bookstore section of the larger complex dedicated to art and design certainly lives up to its mission.
Corso Como Bookshop
, Milan, Italy
We’re suckers for rounded ceilings and decorative lighting.
, Alnwick, UK [photos
This beautifully designed space has surprising shapes, cleverly constructed nooks and crannies and even a tree or two.
The American Book Center
, Amsterdam, the Netherlands [photo
Almost utilitarian but filled with simple old-world grace, this store is a little like what we might imagine our ideal ship’s main cabin to look like.
, Taipei, Taiwan
This store has a flying bike and books to the ceiling. Need we say more?
, Lisbon, Portugal
This slick, super-modern store benefits from clean design and charming flourishes of light and mirrors.
, Tokyo, Japan