Gigantic, ancient bookstores, hole-in-the-wall shops and futuristic libraries: here's a list of 8 places all book lovers should add to their travel-list!
Seoul, South Korea
If there's one place book-loving travellers should go while visiting Seoul, it's definitely the Starfield Library! Located inside a shopping center, the uncommon Starfield Library opened just two years ago. This unusual library quickly became popular among locals and tourists and it's easy to see why! It's a free and open public space where everyone can sit, relax and read a book. It's the perfect place for bibliophiles who feel like taking a break after an exhausting shopping session. Around 50,000 books, e-books and magazines are available to read on the spot, but it's not possible to take them home. The library also organizes workshops and conferences.
New York City, USA
New York has been the city of residence for many major writers such as Walt Whitman, J.D. Salinger and Truman Capote just to name a few. So of course the Big Apple is known among book lovers for its great libraries and bookstores. The New York Public Library is probably the most famous and ranks as the second biggest public library in the United States. It's divided in several locations across the city, but the most popular part of the library is a stunning building located in Bryant Park. In this calm and intimate space, you'll be able to admire lovely paintings, chandeliers and beautiful vaults lit by softened lights. It's home to millions of books and manuscripts and is the perfect place to read and take a break away from the busy streets of New York. It's also open to the public every day and entrance is free. There's really no better place for book worms!
Many writers have lived or stopped by the Italian city of Venice to look for inspiration in the beauty of this romantic place. It's also fittingly home to numerous libraries and bookshops worth visiting. The most original is surely the charming Libreria Acqua Alta, which stores its books on anything that floats: gondolas, small boats and even bathtubs! Its unusual shelving methods definitely make the Libreria Acqua Alta a unique place to see. This unconventional bookstore is considered one of the most curious attractions in Venice for both lovers of the written word and everyone in between. You'll find a wide selection of books while navigating its small alleys that retain all the essence and charm of Venice!
Los Angeles, California, USA
Book lovers, there's a hidden gem located in downtown Los Angeles: the Last Bookstore. This unusual shop was built inside an old bank and is also home to an art collective. On the first floor, visitors will discover a labyrinth of art and bookshelves, as well as various kinds of installations and decorations made of old books. You can spend hours navigating the countless books and art exhibits! Its famous book tunnel is the perfect spot to take a souvenir photo of this amazing bookstore.
Among the bright white buildings of the village of Oia and just between the sky and the Mediterranean Sea stands Atlantis Books. This small bookshop on Santorini offers literature in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Greek, and it's impossible to take a stroll down the streets of this small village without stopping by. This original place is conveniently located in the middle of town, and offers a stunning panoramic view of the sea. If you love admiring the horizon, literature and wonderful sunsets, make room in your itinerary for Atlantis Books!