Do you like visiting bookstores when you travel?!
As you well know, I absolutely LOVE traveling! Especially literary travels. There’s nothing more rewarding for me, than to submerge myself in an ocean of books and buy a ton of them when I visit famous independent bookstores around the world.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit many bookstores in the States and Europe, but there’s still a few I would love to visit. If you’re interested in reading about those I’ve visited before, check out 7 Bookshops around the world that will blow your mind!
Curiously enough, I’ve visited the cities below but have never gone to any of said bookstores. Apparently I wasn’t as book crazy as I am now!
The Strand, New York City
The Strand was founded in 1927 on Fourth Avenue as a family owned business. It belonged to the celebrated “Book Row”! A place where the second hand book commerce bloomed in the middle of the 20th Century. This store soon became known as a Greenwhich Village institution, since it was a place where writers and book lovers felt free to share ideas and sell their books.
To this date, The Strand is the only surviving book store of Book Row. It has been growing for three generations, let’s see who will follow this family legacy!
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, San Francisco
City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, is an independent bookstore in San Francisco. It was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin in 1953. In addition to selling books they also hold a press known for its progressive ideas and holding a front to ideas of conservatism and censorship!
El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires
El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a bookstore in Buenos Aires located within a preserved theatre! How cool is that?! The theatre was originally founded in 1919 when the traffic of European immigrants was blooming in Argentina. I suppose this is one of the things that promoted literature within the local, making this country a place where writers are constantly born.
The bookstore opened in the early 2000s. Today, it’s considered as one of the most attractive landmarks within Buenos Aires.
Atlantis Books, Oía, Santorini, Greece
Who ever visited Santorini before, will know that this place is beyond magical. Oliver and Craig noticed back in 2002 how there wasn’t a proper bookstore in this beautiful island! So in 2004 they opened what is known today as Atlantis Books! It’s a place that wishes to put together art, literature and interesting conversation in Santorini. One of the most perfect places on earth!
Obviously these are not the only bookstores I wish to visit in the future. I don’t they’ll ever be enough bookstores to visit around the world! However, these are places I’ve visited before and was astonished to know about this hidden or not so hidden gems! Can’t wait for this whole situation to be over and hop on plane. Relive the pleasure of buying tons of books and then not knowing how the hell to bring them pack without paying overweight luggage!