If you’re in Porto you should know that Lello’s Bookstore is not only one of the most emblematic bookstores in Portugal, but also in the world. so naturally, going there is a must to enrichen your trip!
With City Lovers Tours it’s possible to join the Free Walking Tour Porto and get to know more about this hidden treasure in Porto’s downtown.
What you need to know about Lello’s Bookstore:
Lello’s history is fascinating!
It starts at the beginning of the 20th century, with the decision of two brothers to open it. The Lello brothers, also known as the United brothers, started the bookstore in Rua do Almada (a street close to the main avenue of Porto, Aliados Avenue).
Later, in 1906 moved to Rua das Carmelitas where it still remains and attracts up to 5000 visitors a day in high season! Watch out for the queue line!
Its unique architecture starts in the building neo-gothic front and it’s two side paintings representing art and science, but it’s on the inside that the magic happens.
The outstanding roof, the amazing stained glass, and the famous red staircase may robber your attention, but you shouldn’t miss other special details.
The famous red staircase may remind us of a Harry Potter scenario, although the writer never visited the bookstore while she lived in Porto.
The busts of many Portuguese writers like Camilo Castelo Branco and Eça de Queirós, the intricate woodwork, the whole building is totally worth it.
The details are endless and all worth seeing but don’t forget the books. Lots of first editions, old and rare books can be found in Lello, so it’s definitely worth spending some time there.
You can visit from 10h to 19.30h on weekdays or from 10h to 19h on weekends.
The Ticket will cost you 5€, but they’re deductible in the price of anything you buy there.
Check Lello’s Bookstore’s official website for more information.
If you’re interested in more information about Lello and the influence of some writers in the history of the city, join City Lovers Free Walking Tours: – every day at 4:30 p. m. and come with us to discover this and other magical secrets of Porto.