The Top Recommended Bookstores For All Readers
Reading books is one of the best ways for people to acknowledge information of all fields, from daily life experience to specified categories like health, F&B, shopping, etc. The number of bookstores around the world rises dramatically to serve the huge amount of demands of readers. However, not all of them can provide high-quality books from well-known publishers or famous writers. More than that, customers have an interest to shop at well-served stores which can bring them outstanding experiences, different from online shopping. If you are struggling with finding some reliable bookstores for a good source of books, here are some suggestions to refer to.
Powell’s City of Books, Portland (Oregon, USA)
This legendary Portland bookstore is the world's biggest used bookstore – the crown jewel in what is said to be the world's largest independent bookstore chain. Powell's also offers consumers a map. It's a fantastic spot for readers to find their desired books at a fair price! It takes up a whole city block and has multiple floors of books. Powell's, unlike most bookstores, offers a massive collection of every book imaginable. If you do not know what types of books to choose from, the bookstore has a separate section with clear suggestions for buyers. The best-seller books are usually presented on the top shelves so that customers can quickly spot them. I brought my friend who is an English teacher there, and he was completely enthralled. There is also a bakery and a collection of vintage computers. It is a bibliophile's dream come true. No doubt that this is one of the best bookstores available in the world so far, till today.
City Lights Books, San Francisco (California, USA)
City Lights, a must-see for any visitor to San Francisco, was created in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D Martin, and it was not only a meeting place for writers of the Beat generation but it was also featured in several of their books. City Lights was the first all-paperback bookstore in the United States, and it has always published as well as distributed, a legacy it continues to this day of more than 20 new titles published each year. You should still go across the street to the Vesuvio Cafe, where Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and others used to hang out.
Shakespeare and Company, Paris (France)
Shakespeare & Co, our readers' most-nominated bookshop, has it all: an impressive collection of fiction, a wonderful calendar of activities, a sense of culture, and a great past. Shakespeare and Co, according to Jen Campbell, author of The Bookshop Book, "embodies everything a bookshop can be." American George Whitman founded this small English bookshop on the left side of the Seine, opposite Notre Dame.
Acqua Alta, Venice (Italy)
In Italy, there are boats, gondolas, and canoes that serve as sort of shelves for new and used books in Acqua Alta (high water area). A mishmash of fresh and used books strewn over every surface and up every wall, even being part of the furniture, including an antique encyclopedia staircase at the back that offers views across the canal. And if it rises and floods the store, the books in the retired gondola will be saved. Margaret Pinder described it as "glorious mayhem". This is a unique experience for readers in Italy, with a one-of-a-kind bookstore placement, decoration, and atmosphere.
El Ateneo, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
El Ateneo, an old theater and bookshop in downtown Buenos Aires, retains much of its previous grandeur. The high painted walls, balconies, carvings, and even the theatre curtain were designed in 1919 by architects Peró and Torres Armengol and converted into a bookshop 81 years later. Clients within El Ateneo are politely silent, much like an audience before the start of a performance. Sit in the cafe, order a 'cafecito,' leaf through a Buenos Aires city guide, and revel in the glorious uniqueness of this book haven. Canaria exclaimed. The stage has been converted into a reading area and café, with the old theatre boxes used as small reading spaces.