Livraria Lello

  • Ranked #2 for bookstores in Porto
  • Josephine L.
    "here to be inspired like JK Rowling"(2 Tips)
    Marija M.
    "especially for Harry Potter fans"(2 Tips)
    Ozge B.
    "Nice architecture with various books"(6 Tips)
    Stefanie B.
    "It's very crowded for such a small place but it's worth visiting !"(10 Tips)
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  • Jordan T.
    Jordan TaylorAugust 22, 2016
    As both a book and Harry Potter fan, this place was absolutely magical for me. One of the most gorgeous bookshops I have ever seen! 3 euro fee to get in though, and be prepared for crowds.
    Upvoted Jul 6
  • Bradley K.
    You will go. You will wait in line (even in low tourist season). You will marvel at the beauty. You will struggle to take a photo past the other tourists. You will not find a good book in English.
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeJune 30, 2016
    Beautiful but a bit annoying. Having to pay €3 to go inside is a bit absurd. But if you go, I recommend buying the ticket one day and going there right before you open. You'll go in before everyone
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Elif
    ElifFebruary 17, 2016
    Wood and books makes you feel like a fairy tale. But very touristic, does not let you feel the real athmosphere. You can claim back entrance fee if you buy a book.
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Frederik C.
    Frederik ClaesJune 19, 2015
    One of the most beautiful bookstores I have ever been. Spoiler: the interior looks like wood, but in reality it's painted plaster! Amazing!
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina Malevych HsuDecember 8, 2014
    Quite busy, too many people, only portuguese books available or rather a very tiny selection of books in English/other languages is available. Place where "Harry Porter" books allegedly were "born".
  • Pedro F.
    Pedro FerreiraAugust 19, 2011
    In the Top 5 of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, Lello is the first in Top that was actually build to be a bookstore. More than books great architecture and an old style. Amazing to see.
  • Esra K.
    Esra KabadayiAugust 9, 2014
    It s one of the most enchanting bookstore in the world. It should be in your must to visit list when you visit Porto.
  • Nikola S.
    Nikola StepicNovember 26, 2012
    You can't come to Porto and not visit Lello, but note that the books are seriously overpriced, plus the bar upstairs is severely understocked (no milk). Otherwise, this is where the magic happened!
  • Nuno E.
    Nuno EstevesMay 28, 2016
    Fantastic place, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the whole world.Yes, you pay 3€ entrance but can use it if you buy a book. Fair enough.
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurAugust 2, 2016
    This shop boasts breathtaking Gothic Revival and Art Nouveau architecture, and is suspected to be part of the inspiration for the Harry Potter series' settings. Read more
  • Atif A.
    Atif AteeqMarch 17, 2016
    Great little bookshop. Whimsically designed, apparently a lot of the architecture in the first Harry Potter book was inspired by this place.
  • Jane H.
    Jane HongSeptember 26, 2014
    For such a tourist spot, it's annoying that there's only one hour in the day you're allowed to take pictures. Be there from 9-10 am.
  • Susana A.
    Susana AlmeidaAugust 9, 2014
    J.K.Rowlling used to came here and this was the inspirarion to create Flourish and Blotts book shop. Photos allowed during week days from 9am to 10am
  • Marija M.
    Marija MladenovićApril 9, 2016
    Beautiful place for book lovers, especially for Harry Potter fans, since J.K.Rowling got idea for HP here.
  • Josef H.
    Josef HerbertDecember 15, 2015
    Beautiful building, the ticket price is used for a discount on a book purchase if you buy something
  • Amol K.
    Amol KAugust 11, 2015
    what a tragedy of the commons shame. it is such a beautiful bookstore that would be a joy to browse if it weren't for the incessant amateur photographers flashing light in your eyes.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LemmensJune 13, 2012
    Be sure to watch some Harry Potter before visiting Lello. Story goes JK Rowling was inspired by this bookstore and wrote the first drafts at the tables on the first floor!
  • Terēze V.
    Terēze VaivodeDecember 2, 2016
    Super crowded, with people more interested to take pictures of themselves in the building and not actually interested in books. The entrance is 3€, which they give you back if you buy a book 📚
  • Njoud F.
    Njoud FahadAugust 17, 2016
    The line for the entrance is unbelievable! But it's worth it to go to look at the interior or buy a book
  • Brissa R.
    Brissa RDecember 19, 2015
    Beautiful library but you cannot enjoy anything because of the people that only goes there for a selfie, not for buying books actually.
  • Bram B.
    Bram BourgonjonJuly 11, 2013
    The stairs in this library are awesome, the most beautiful I ever saw. Too bad one is not allowed to take pictures.
  • Edward R.
    Edward RoozeboomNovember 11, 2016
    Gorgeous, beautiful and magnificent. Even though it's extremely touristy, still worth a visit!
  • Francis K.
    Francis KinderOctober 23, 2016
    If you buy online you pay more, but avoid lines. Make sure to use the entrance as a voucher on a book purchase!
  • Atif A.
    Atif AteeqMarch 17, 2016
    Really great looking bookstore, I was told it was the inspiration for a lot for the architecture in the first Harry Potter Movie.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PMarch 9
    Apparently the most beautiful bookstore in the world that inspired Harry Potter as well. You feel like you're in another world in there
  • Doris
    DorisFebruary 25
    Beautiful bookstore! Most of the time a queue for buying your ticket. (4euro) Totally worth it!
  • Shelby W.
    Shelby WoowSeptember 6, 2015
    Go there during the mornings so the queue is not that costs 3€ but if you buy a book they return you the money!
  • Yazzy A.
    Yazzy AlhilliAugust 7, 2014
    The pictures make it look "grander" than it actually is. Nevertheless it is a gorgeous book store. Books a bit overpriced though
  • Paul T.
    Paul TownsendFebruary 16
    A beautiful bookshop with a gorgeous central staircase, but be aware it can get cramped when busy.
  • Ozge B.
    Ozge B.September 10, 2016
    Nice architecture with various books but a bit annoying to give 3€ for entrance to stay 10min in crowd and stuffiness. 📚
  • Roxy Z.
    Roxy ZankelAugust 19, 2014
    Come between 9 and 10 in the morning if you want to take pictures without being told off by the "security"
  • lamazone
    lamazoneMay 21, 2015
    You've heard the rumours: apparently J.K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter here. Figures: looks like a scene from Hogwarts. Small bookshop, no dragons or magic unfortunately but lots of muggles.
  • Taylor V.
    Taylor VereenApril 28, 2015
    Love this little bookstore, it's more stunning in person
  • Aldonauta H.
    Aldonauta HSMarch 28, 2014
    Be careful and respect the hour assigned for taking pictures because they can be quite rude. Otherwise is the most beautiful bookstore I've ever seen.
  • Anneruth
    AnneruthMarch 30, 2015
    Possible now to make pictures during the day. So not only in the morning. Ofcourse almost impossible to make a picture without another tourist on it. ;-)
  • Giulia
    GiuliaJune 1
    Honestly, this place is a bit overrated. It's certainly charming but the fact you have to buy a ticket (they call it a voucher) ruins the magic [At least, if you buy a book you can use the voucher]
  • MENU P.
    MENU PortugalAugust 17, 2013
    Smaller than normally appears on photos.truly gorgeous design. And good book choices!
  • Ralf K.
    Ralf KaiserSeptember 10, 2015
    Wonderful old Bookstore. Take some pictures, better bring your own camera team. They'll love it ;-)
  • Gianluca C.
    Gianluca CiccarelliApril 8, 2014
    Pictures only allowed between 10 am and 11 am as of April 2014.
  • zofie
    zofieMay 20, 2015
    Very touristic. Visit the Livraria on a weekday..
  • Lucia M.
    Lucia MorettiJune 13, 2014
    This is just the best book store ever. Looks like being in a fairy tale. Worth for sure!!
  • Norton P.
    Norton PainbringerMarch 30, 2013
    It's in every guidebook and on all the maps...potentially expect a line/queue. - also - no photographs inside!?
  • Nilsu C.
    Nilsu CürcaniJuly 27, 2015
    Must visit! The oldest bookstore with amazing interior👌
  • Pedro M.
    Pedro MarquesAugust 21, 2013
    Did you find any similarities with Harry Potter stories? J.K. Rowling went there a few times when writing the first book.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GOctober 15, 2015
    The place is hugely overrated. If you miss it while in Porto, don't be upset, better go for a porto tasting.
  • Nikolay B.
    Nikolay BachiyskiJune 6, 2014
    I was hoping this would be a good place to relax and read, but it was crowded and not very spacey. The staircase was cool, though.
  • Stefanie B.
    Stefanie BoesmansAugust 21, 2016
    It's very crowded for such a small place but it's worth visiting !
  • Dragana N.
    Dragana NikšićMarch 27, 2014
    Gorgeous! You're only allowed to take photos Mon-Fri, 9-10 a.m.
  • Lino D.
    Lino Di MaioApril 22
    A magical place, a lot of tourists and selfie sticks but the visit is recommended.
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