Livraria Lello in Porto: The Harry Potter bookstore

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No wonder that J.K. Rowling is said to have been inspired for her Harry Potter books by this bookstore. The Livraria Lello in Porto is magical! Even if you are not a book lover you will be impressed by the interior!

Visiting the famous book shop in Porto

Porto is an inspiring city: With the charm of the old days, when Portugal was still the great and rich nation of seafarers, but always a little overshadowed by the great Lisbon, Porto has secretly established itself as a new trendy destination in Europe. While J.K.Rowling was most probably able to browse through the shelves of the ancient Livraria Lello alone during her time in Porto, it is now so crowded that you even have to buy an admission ticket before visiting! That’s right, now you have to pay an entrance fee for the Livraria Lello! Otherwise the masses of visitors wouldn’t be able to get their way in the small bookstore. On many days there is a long line in front of the bookshop!

Livraria Lello in Porto: The Harry Potter bookstore
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Livraria Lello: One of the best Instagram hotspots in Porto

I would have loved to have a quiet look at the Livraria Lello, because the small but fine selection across all genres is exactly what I like. But somehow I didn’t feel like browsing, when you are being pushed around everywhere because everyone wants to get the best Instagram photo. Especially places on the beautiful red spiral staircase that winds up from the ground floor to the first floor are highly sought after.

Livraria Lello in Porto: The Harry Potter bookstore

Livraria Lello’s little secret: Did you know?

Apparently, the whole bookstore is completely paneled from top to bottom with artfully carved wood. But the Livraria Lello also holds a small, not so well-known secret! Many woodcarvings, such as the impressive ceiling with its many ornaments, are not made of wood at all! They are made of cheap painted plaster, a technique that was also used in the Palácio da Bolsa in Porto!

Livraria Lello in Porto: The Harry Potter bookstore

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Information & Entrance Fee Livraria Lello Porto

The entrance to Livraria Lello currently costs 5€, to be paid next door in the separate ticket shop. There you can also buy a lot of Harry Potter merchandise. The entrance fee can be deducted off a purchase, but chances to find something for exactly 5€ are low. If you don’t buy anything you can exchange your entrance ticket for a small brochure about the history of the bookstore of the Lello brothers at the exit.

Livraria Lello in Porto: The Harry Potter bookstore

Other activities in Porto

Are you interested in visiting Porto? Then you should read my other articles about the city of Porto with lots of helpful information and secret tips for your trip! I’ll show you the amazing spots you have to see when travelling to Porto!

See the overview of all articles on Porto and Portugal!

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I really love books! There’s nothing about the feel of books on paper, don’t you think? When I’m travelling I love to browse through cute little book shops and I’m always trying to find the most extravagant stores!

Check out my article on this amazing book shop in Venice, Italy: Libreria Acqua Alta

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