With an endless collection of books online and bookstores closing left and right, bookstores are becoming something rare and lonely. The experience of going to a specific place to buy a book is being erased by the commodity of buying a book with just a click of a button. Fortunately there are bookstores that aren’t just stores or gathering spots but beautiful, fascinating destinations in their own right. What makes them stand out among ordinary bookstores is the fact that many carry not only beautiful architectures but also great atmospheres offering an amazing visiting and shopping experience.

Here are a few of my favorites bookstores around the world that are worth a trip out of your travel itinerary.

• El Ateneo Grand Splendid | Buenos Aires, Argentina

First a theatre, then a cinema and now one of the most beautiful libraries I have ever seen. Hidden on busy Av Santa…

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