A bookstore that we often meet looks ordinary, thousands of books neatly arranged according to the genre. But there is some history of the bookstore when it was built. Here are some unique bookstores around the world that might be one of your destinations.

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Word On The Water, London, England

Word On The Water

Words on Water called a floating bookstore because it is in a former London boat. This shop began operating in the 1920s. Had changed locations due to canal regulations, after the public campaign, the bookstore returned and became a permanent place. Word on the water has a variety of books ranging from classical to modern.

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy

Libreria Acqua Alta

Luigi Frizzo founded this bookstore in 2004 in Venice, Italy. Libreria Acqua Alta wasn’t floating, and the book was neatly arranged on rowboats, gondolas and bathtubs, all in a small, narrow house.

Paddy Field Bookstore, Xiadi, China

Paddy Field Bookstore


Paddy Field Bookstore located in an empty house in Xiadi, China. Surrounded by rice fields, this abandoned house is an exciting place to read a book. Xiadi Village itself existed more than 800 years ago. Traditional buildings built with crashing earthen walls are reminiscent of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

El Ateneo Grand Splendid located in a former performing arts theatre and cinema in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The building named Grand Splendid has been established since 1919.

The Grand Splendid building still maintains architecture and decoration since it was first built, including the red curtain stage, theatre, and balcony. Until now, this bookstore yet often holds live piano games.

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is a former bank building. The bank building located in Los Angeles is now a library and bookstore. Bookshelves are placed randomly throughout the room. Used and damaged books are stacked to decorate the room. Like El Ateneo Splendid, which still leaves its old building architecture, The Last Bookstore also has the rest of the bank’s architecture.

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Munro’s Books, Victoria, Canada

Munro's Books

Same as The Last Bookstore, Munro’s Books is also located in a former bank building. Being the largest independent bookstore in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, this building was previously designed to be the Royal Bank of Canada.

Munro’s Books is more than 50 years old. Munro’s Books founded by Nobel prize-winning writer Alice Munro and her husband.

Librairie Avant-Garde, Nanjing, China

Librairie Avant-Garde

Who would have thought, there is a bookstore in China that was once a bomb shelter and a government parking lot. Located below the Nanjing Wutaishan Stadium, Librairie Avant-Garde was founded in 1999. The

Owner, named Qian Xiaohua, formerly renovated this 41,000-foot space to become a bookstore. Now, this shop has become a popular place for students and tourists.

Book Store Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht, Netherlands

Book Store Selexyz Dominicanen

This bookstore was formerly a Catholic church, and then this building was deconsecrated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1790 who used it as a storage place for equipment and as a place of worship. Located in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2005, the room was renovated into the Selexyz Dominicanen bookstore known to this day.

Atlantis Books E.E, Oia, Greece


Atlantis Books was built in a cave in Santorini, Greece. Not unexpectedly, it turns out Atlantis Books was founded by British students who were drunk on a holiday. Two years later, the two students invited their friends and moved to Greece. Bookstores have opened since then, and they even say their children will continue this unique bookstore one day.

Zhongshu Bookstore, Shanghai, Tiongkok

Zhongshu Bookstore

Zhongshuge bookstore has a maze of stairs and mirrors. The location is in Chongqing, China. Zhongshu Bookstore designed to resemble a kaleidoscope with a mirror on the ceiling. A few stairs were reflected in the mirror as if they were describing a spider’s network throughout the store.

Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

Livraria Lello

Another bookstore that is often referred to as the most beautiful in the world, Livraria Lello is famous for luxury. When viewed from above, the beautiful part of this bookstore is on a circular and wavy staircase.

José and António Lello founded this bookshop in 1906 and became a bookseller and part of the intellectuals of that era. This building was created by architect Xavier Esteves and has become a booming tourist destination to visit.

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