Top shelf: The world’s best bookstores

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I once had a blind date in a bookstore. We set the time to be there and wandered the stacks until we found each other. It was like a flirty game of hide and seek through your typical bookstore sections. Was he the guy looking at travel books on Vietnam? Was he the guy reading Sex, Drugs, and CoCoa Puffs? Lordie, was he the guy scouring Where’s Waldo in children’s lit? We finally met between cookbooks and staff picks. Now, that was a good bookstore.

Sean Dodson recently wrote a piece for The Guardian’s website on the world’s 10 best bookstores. He mentions Livraria Lello in Porto and El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, among others. The article is loaded with links to Flickr photos, architectural and design firms, bookstore sites, and blogs that further elaborate on this epic selection of book shops. A great read that will make you want to travel to them all.

What’s your favorite bookstore? Add it to the list by posting it in the comments below. I’m partial to San Francisco’s Green Apple Books, mostly because it reminds me of going there with my dad when I was growing up.

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  1. As the resident Blurb Seattleite, have to shout out to “Elliott Bay Books”:

      March 14, 2008 – 10:58 pm   Permalink
  2. I would submit the Tattered Cover in Denver and there is this little book store in Paris where Hemingway used to hang out that I’m sure would have something to say about that list . . . albeit in French.

      March 17, 2008 – 7:17 am   Permalink
  3. Hey thanks for the link back. I’m trying to assemble an ever-more list of the the word’s most beautiful bookshops on my blog. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

      March 20, 2008 – 6:43 am   Permalink

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