I love a good bookstore! Whenever I am planning a vacation, the first thing I do is look up the bookstores. There are so many stunning ones out there, but these are the ones that are on my bucket list.
The Strand is iconic and I would love to visit it when I eventually visit New York again. There are actually a ton of bookstores in New York that I want to visit and I could probably plan an entire trip around doing so.
Gay’s the Word
Gay’s the Word is the oldest LGBT bookstore in London! I have seen a lot of booktubers post vlogs of them shopping there and it always makes me so jealous.
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company is another bookstore that many people within the book community adore and it is located in Paris. Goals!
The Last Bookstore
The Last Bookstore is located in Los Angeles and it is huge!
How adorable is Atlantis Books!? It is located in Santorini, Greece and it is so too pretty!
Libreria Acqua Alta
Libreria Acqua Alta is located in Venice and they have embraced the flooding by storing books in bathtubs and boats. So clever!
Word On The Water
Word on the Water is a floating bookshop located in London and, apparently, there is a parrot. So fun!
What is your favourite bookstore?
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I love this!! Those all look super pretty. I’m going to New York next month and I’m dragging my friends to Barnes & Nobel and The Strand whether they like it or not haha.
Great list! I don’t usually keep track of bookstores when I go on vacation, but it’s probably something that I should start doing. 🙂
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I love buying books on vacation!
I almost never buy any books (or yarn) on vacation! It’s something I want to get more mindful of doing, though.
I’ve seen the Strand on so many lists and it was never on my radar. I guess I need to do a little different research when we travel! Fun bookstores – wish we all had the $$ / time to visit them ALL! Hope you have a great week and find time to read a good book.
Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
Hahah that would be the dream. Just travel the world visiting different bookstores!
I’ve never heard of Gays the Word and I live here! I must plan a visit!
Ahh you have to go and then send me pictures 😂
That’s a cool idea; looking up book stores when you travel. If I actually went places, that would be something I should add to my pre-plan list. 🙂 When I was a kid, my grandmother took us to the bookstore that she went to once in a while, and it was fun just because it was something to do with her. 🙂
Aw that’s so sweet. There’s something magical about bookstores and the memories we attach to them!
That’s a fun idea – look up book stores if you travel. I should do that, only I never go anywhere. 😉 When I was a kid, my grandmother took us to a book store she went too out by where she lives, but beyond that, I rarely make it to any place outside of a Barnes and Noble. 🙂
I’ve been to The Strand. It’s crazy-packed with books. So much so that it actually made me feel a little claustrophobic, LOL. I’ve walked past Shakespeare and Company. Unfortunately, there were still COVID restrictions in place when I was in Paris last year and the store was limiting how many people could be inside at one time. It made for really long lines and we just didn’t have the time to wait, unfortunately. I hope you get to visit some of these!
I have seen photos on The Strand and can imagine it being so overwhelming!
That’s too bad about Shakespeare and Company. I hope you can visit again someday!
All of it looks amazing! I have to start checking out bookstores when I go on vacation.
It’s one of my favourite parts of planning a trip!
In the Netherlands my favorite bookstore is “dominicanenkerk boekenwinkel” , if you look it up on Google Images, you might see why! I’ve visited 3 or 4 times in the last few years, even though its 2.5 hours drive <3
Just looked it up! It is absolutely stunning. Adding that to my list 😂
I’ve been to Shakespeare & Co (and have their book bag) as well as Words on the Water. I hope you get a chance to visit them.
I hope so too! I do plan to sometime soon!
The Strand and Shakespeare & Co are on my bucket list as well!
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
Such iconic bookstores!
I’d love to go to Word on the Water, it seems so unique!
Right!? Such a clever place for a bookstore!
The Strand is awesome! And I’d love to visit Shakespeare & Co. too.
I want all of The Strand merch!
Oh, wow! I’m putting Gay’s the Word on my list of bookshops to visit. I’ve never heard of it before now.
Doesn’t it look amazing?
It’s really nice
I will really love to move around bookstores as you do
Saving this list 😁
The only one I’ve been to is Shakespeare & Company. It’s in a touristy part of Paris (Latin Quarter) so it’s not too much of a trek to visit. I went a couple of years ago now, but they had used books – which was nice for the wallet in a spendy city!
I think it’s also a nice resource of English-reading Parisians as well. I’m sure it’s much better in the big city compared to where I was living in France, but it can be hard to find English novels for affordable prices. I remember I had to buy a book off Amazon Germany once, because I couldn’t find it anywhere near me in France.
I love when a bookstore has a mix of new and used books! That’s a good point! I did think it was interesting that it was an English bookstore in France.
I’ve always wanted to visit The Strand. I don’t have a list of libraries I’d want to visit, but this one would make the cute. The others look like you could spends hours in there ,😍📚
I mean bookstores 😅