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The 9 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

These extraordinary bookshops are both a bibliophile and design lover’s dream

the center for fictionPhoto: Michelle Rose

The Center for Fiction (Brooklyn, New York)

Located in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Center for Fiction is part of a 200-year-old nonprofit that first started as the Mercantile Library of New York. In addition to a well-stocked bookstore, the literary hub includes a café, bar, and members-only library.

The vaulted ceilings and stainedglass windows are among the most obviously eyecatching features patrons will find when...Photo: Ben Vulkers

Van der Velde in de Broeren (Zwolle, Netherlands)

The vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows are among the most obviously eye-catching features patrons will find when visiting this Dutch bookstore. However, the history of the building is certainly worth a deeper look as well. First built as a church between 1466 and 1512 by the Dominicans, the structure was transformed into a bookstore in 2013. “Mystery fans will be intrigued by the ancient cold case that was discovered in the church’s crypts and can see a replica of the human skeleton, named Herman, that archeologists unearthed in 2010,” Stamp adds.

Daunt BooksPhoto: Naki Kouyioumtzis/Getty Images

Daunt Books (London, England)

Arguably the most beautiful branch of the London-based bookshop, this store is set within a stunning Edwardian building in Marylebone. Though Daunt has an impressive fiction collection, it’s its expansive travel section that makes it stand out. Of course, the stunning architectural elements, like skylights, oak balconies, and a stained-glass window, are also notable.

For minimalismloving readers La Increíble in Mxico City is a mustvisit. Floor to ceiling shelves line the cozy space...Photo: Camila Cossio

La Increíble (México City, México)

For minimalism-loving readers, La Increíble in México City is a must-visit. Floor to ceiling shelves line the cozy space, which also hosts poetry open-mic nights and book readings with authors. It’s a notable hot spot for design lovers, since much of the store’s merchandise is made up of design books.

Libreria Palazzo RobertiPhoto: Courtesy of Lannoo Publishers

Libreria Palazzo Roberti (Bassano del Grappa, Italy)

Owned by a local family, this independent bookstore first opened in 1998. Stamp writes, “As locations go, it’s hard to beat that of Libreria Palazzo Roberti, which is set in a 17th-century noble palace in Bassano del Grappa.” Inside, visitors will find three floors of explorable history including stunning restored frescoes.

Via Architectural Digest

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