The 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

By: ELIZABETH PRESKE | Pulished on 2023-12-27

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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Av. Sta. Fe 1860, RecoletaC1123 CABA, Argentina
PHONE +54 11 4813-6052


El Ateneo has several brick-and-mortar locations throughout Buenos Aires, but it's the one in Grand Splendid that has people the world over singing its praises. First opened as a performing arts theater in 1919, the Grand Splendid, designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol, still retains some of its original, 20th-century details—think velvety red curtains, theater boxes with ornamented trimmings, and a fresco by Italian-Argentine artist Nazzareno Orlandi on El Ateneo's central dome. Marvel at the interior, browse books in both Spanish and English and grab a cup of coffee and a pastry on the stage, where Argentinian tango artists like Carlos Gardel and Francisco Canaro used to perform.

The Montague Bookmill

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440 Greenfield Rd, Montague, MA 01351-8907, USA
PHONE +1 413-367-9206


Located in the town of Montague in Western Massachusetts, about 90 minutes west of Boston, the Montague Bookmill takes up residence in a gristmill dating back to 1842. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this used bookstore is a cozy place to while away a morning or afternoon, holing up in one of its overstuffed chairs or looking out at the Sawmill River. When you need to stretch your legs, the greater Montague Bookmill complex features an art gallery and music store that you can peruse, as well as a café and pub where you can grab a cup of coffee. Plan your trip in the first half of October, when the surrounding autumn leaves add a burst of color to what’s already a beautiful New England view.

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