More than a bookstore, the Lello Bookstore, or Livraria Lello, is an architectural masterpiece in the heart of Porto.
The façade combines Gothic elements with Art Nouveau, and the interior’s tiled ceiling and majestic central staircase introduce a little Art Deco. What really draws in the crowds, though, is the fact that JK Rowling was a frequent visitor from 1991-1993 while she was teaching English in Porto. The building is said to have inspired the author while she worked on the manuscript that would become Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
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Best things to see at Lello Bookstore
Besides being able to marvel at the aesthetic and design once you step inside, the Lello Bookstore is still a functioning bookstore. Comb through all different genres and types of literature on shelves that go straight up to the ceiling. Your admission voucher also doubles as a coupon to purchase something in the store, so take advantage of your built in deal! After renovations in 2017, the bookstore also includes a basement space dedicated to hosting events in a series called Living Voices. These events highlight cultural and artistic events in literature, theatre, and cinema. Head to their events schedule before going to see if there is anything that interests you.
Lello Bookstore directions and parking
Best way to get to the Lello Bookstore
The Lello Bookstore is located near Clérigos Tower, so we recommend taking a bus, as there is limited street parking available. The closest bus stop is Cordoaria, and more information on public transit routes in Porto can be found here.
Best parking near the Lello Bookstore
There is metered parking located outside of the bookstore, but it fills up quickly. The closest parking garage is Praça de Gomes Teixeira Parking.
Lello Bookstore FAQs
Do I need a voucher to enter the bookstore?
Yes, there is a voucher office to purchase your entry vouchers located on the corner to the left of the bookstore.
Do children need admission vouchers?
Children under the age of 4 years do not need an admission voucher.
How long should I plan to spend at the bookstore?
You should plan to spend about an hour at the bookstore.