More most beautiful bookshops in store for you all


My search for the definitive list of the world’s most beautiful bookshops continues (previous posts here and here) and I’ve now started a Flickr group to help collate images from across the world. Canada particularly appears well stocked with beautiful bookshops. British Columbia’s Munro’s in Victoria situated on the site of the Royal Bank of Canada, built in 1909 by Thomas Hooper, in a neo-classical style, whose ceiling is modelled on he great library of Ephesus.

Thanks to the Blurbarati Blog, I came across Elliot Bay Books in Seattle, which one devotee describes as an “authentic bookstore with a community feeling and a wonderful hand-selected collection of books.” So good indeed that, “You realise instantly how much the chain stores suck.”

The Indigo chain of bookshops, however, might not all be so beautiful but its Eaton Centre branch in Toronto gets top marks for its bold staircase. Another flagship store worth mentioning is the branch of Eslite in the Chung-yo department store in Taipei. While after my inclusion of El Ateneo in Buenos Aires in the original list, one reader told me that Librería de Ávila is a much better-stocked shop. Closer to home, my attention has been drawn towards Daunt Books, a travel specialist in Marylebone High Steet, West London. Please let me know if you know of another beautiful bookshop. The search continues