Livraria Lello

One of our favorite stops in Porto was Livraria Lello, a stunning and unique bookstore that has been around in its current location since 1906.

Livraria Lello is jaw-droppingly beautiful. I wish I thought to take a picture of the facade, but I was so excited to go in that I never even thought about it. Oops.

View upon entering Livraria Lello; there’s a Pinocchio celebration going on right now—hence the red legs hanging down from the ceiling

Because the shop has become so popular with tourists (seemingly all in search of the perfect Instagram shot), they now charge a 5 Euro admission fee per person. I’m not usually someone interested in paying money to simply enter a store, but in the case of this bookstore, it was well worth it. Purchasers can put that toward an item in the shop—and the folks behind the store are using the funds to renovate the interior and restore the facade and stained glass.

Stunning, right?
Note the slightly creepy heads hanging on the upper shelves
Just insanely gorgeous detail EVERYWHERE (ceilings included)

All of the kids were impressed by the beauty of Livraria Lello too. That is until pasteis de nata started calling their names once again.

Melanie

Hey there! I’m Melanie. Originally from Brooklyn, home is now Charleston, SC--or wherever my three kids and husband are. Our family gap year will take us around the world, touching down on six continents over 12 months.
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    So happy to see you back on your trip! I’m hoping this means your back is much improved. I hope it’s not too late to thank you all for coming to our neck of the woods last month-it was so much fun to spend some time with you, Sam and the kids. Happy Thanksgiving and love, Millie

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      So happy to see you back on your trip! I’m hoping this means your is much improved. I hope it’s not too late to thank you all for coming to our neck of the woods last month- it was so much fun to spend time with you, Sam and the kids. Happy Thanksgiving and love, Millie.

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