There is something special about bookstores. Walls lined with books of every genre imaginable, they are bursting with promise. However, some bookstores are extra special. There are grand and beautiful bookstores that take your breath away, but others are magical in a more unassuming manner. Check out these hidden gems from around the globe, each worth planning your next trip around.
Libreria Acqua Alta
When a bookstore is situated on a Venetian canal, flooding can be an issue. This charming bookstore prevents water damage by tucking books into waterproof containers, including a full size gondola.
When a bookstore’s tagline is “Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find,” you know it’s a must-see. Housed in an 1842 gristmill on a Massachusetts river, this delightful bookstore also has a café that serves food, coffee and other adult beverages.
Stepping into this Manhattan bookstore is like traveling back in time. Founded in 1925, the oldest bookstore in NYC is in still run by the family that first opened it. Antique maps, out-of-print books and other rarities make it a captivating spot.
Beauty & the Book
Looking for a good read and a new ‘do? This bookstore-slash-beauty salon is the place for you. Don’t let the tiny building or rural location fool you. This little East Texas shop has hosted more than 500 authors and other celebrities.
If you are fortunate enough to travel to the Greek island of Santorini, a visit to Atlantis is in order. Nestled in the basement of a whitewashed house, this cozy bookstore even rents out cats to cuddle with while you read.
In the Land Down Under, there is a bookstore that is truly down under. As a means of escaping the desert heat, opal miners at the turn of the twentieth century hollowed out a subterranean town called Coober Pedy, which includes this unique store.
In the ’60s, Richard Bartinsale began placing used books on outdoor shelves in order to sell his abundant collection. Buyers stuffed money into coffee cans as payment. The collection grew, as did the popularity of this outdoor bookstore in sunny Ojai, California.
If you love books as well as travel, make sure to add these one-of-a-kind bookstores to your bucket list!
[h/t: Hello Giggles]