You'll find Livraria Lello fascinating even if you're not into books. A bookstore with loads of character not found in malls, this building from the early 20th century features Neo-Gothic details that add a punch of magic to the usual shopping experience. "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling, who lived in Porto in the 1990s, allegedly used one of the shop's twisting stairways for inspiration. Stop by and you might be inspired to read--or write--something too. Use our Porto trip itinerary planning app to visit Livraria Lello on your trip to Porto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Went today with family. Kids mad potter fans so they loved it. Husband and I just saw blatant commercialism. DON'T pay for priority entrance, unless maybe you visit at the height of summer, we... more »
Didn’t expect to find anything in Portugal related to Harry Potter. Great area to explore too!! You have to have a ticket before you queue up to enter. You cannot buy them at the door. Just ask... more »
A beautiful bookstore with books in a variety of languages, Livraria Lello was truly a fantastic place to see. We waited about 20 minutes to enter the store, which was not too bad. The wall to wall crowds, however, make it hard to browse and choose books to purchase. It is worth visiting to see the architecture and decor, but if you are just looking to browse books, you'd likely be better off in a different bookstore.
The place was amazing. It's better to buy tickets online as the queue will be very long and you have to buy the ticket at a different shop and we have to queue for the entry as well. While buying online there will be option of fast track and normal. If you have a normal ticket you will have to stand in the normal queue. But if you buy any book in the store you will get a discount of the normal ticket price. It will be so difficult to take a picture of the stairs with so much crowd and you will need a lot of patience and have to wait to take a proper picture as the stairs is the main attraction of the shop.
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