God’s own bookshop
Book lovers of the world might want to know about the Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, which opened in Maastricht just before Christmas. Located in the city’s old Dominican church – which for years had been used as a place to park your bike – the building has been radically redesigned by Dutch architects Merkx + Girod. From the images you can find on the web you can see that it is a bookshop made in heaven. And like many Dutch bookshops, many books are available in English too.
But the most beautiful in the world? It will have to compete with El Ateneo in Buenos Aires which is situated in an old theatre (you can even preview your next purchase while sitting in one of the old boxes); the utterly sumptious Livraria Lello in Porto, the Secret Headquarters comic bookstore in Los Angeles; Full Circle Books in Oklahoma, the neo-classicism of Borders in Glasgow; maybe Hatchard’s in London (which supplies books the the Queen) and perhaps art bookseller Posada in Brussels, the branch of Kinokuniya in the base of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur; or perhaps the rural charm of Scarthin’s in the Peak District … but what others?