A ranking made by Quo Magazine shows which are the 10 most curious bookstores in the world. The list -prepared in 2015- took into account architecture, design and the specialty of each of the selected buildings when including them.

In this opportunity, Grand Splendid Athenaeum -Located in the Recoleta neighborhood and the most beautiful in the world according to National Geographic It was the only Argentine bookstore that entered the top ten of the ranking.

The top 10 most curious bookstores in the world

high water -located in Venice, Italy- is characterized by being blended with its surroundings. All the texts -both those that are for sale and those that serve as decoration- they are ordered and exposed inside boats.

High Water.

Great Splendid Athenaeum is the largest bookstore in South America. Although originally a theater, currently It is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world and captivates everyone with its eclectic architecture. The “temple of books”, whose building turned 100 years old, preserves the best of the craftsmanship of the early 20th century, including its colossal dome.

The Grand Splendid Athenaeum

Selexyz Dominicanen is a bookstore located in the Netherlands and stands out for its history: It works in the same building where, long ago, there was a church. It still retains its original construction, therefore, stands out for its gothic style.

Selexyz Dominicanen

Plural Bookshop is a bookstore that stands out for its architecture. Its steps have a double function: in addition to allowing the reader to move inside the building, they are also chairs and tables. It stays in Slovakia.

Plural Bookshop

Lello and Irmao is located in Portugal and was the one that inspired Flourish and Blotts, the Harry Potter bookstore. It was built in 1906 and stands out for its art deco details.

Lello and Irmao

Shakespeare and Company is located in Paris, France. It became an iconic bookstore in the area because, when it opened its doors, it sold books that -at that time- were prohibited. Due to its historical relevance, it was visited by characters such as Ernest Hemingway and scott fitzgerald.

Shakespeare and Company

bardon is a bookstore located in Madrid, Spain, and It is characterized by having old books. It was founded in 1947 and has copies to its credit that have practically disappeared.


The pendulum, located in Mexico, is a bookstore-cafeteria that also works as an art gallery. stands out for offer multiple options for readers and, of course, for being multitasking.

The pendulum

City Lights Bookstore was founded in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, two poets of the time. It is located in San Francisco, United States, and specializes in artistic and international literature.

City Lights Bookstore

Secret Headquarters is an emblematic bookstore that specializes in comics. It is located in the sunset boulevard from Los Angeles, United States.

Secret Headquarters

Why is International Book Day celebrated?

Since 1930, International Book Day is celebrated every April 23 to pay homage to literature. The date chosen coincides with the death of William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso De La Vega and Miguel de Cervantesthree iconic writers.

To remember this anniversary, Argentina inaugurates -every year- the Book Fair that same week to remember the authors who gave life to the international celebration.

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