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Are there English bookstores in Porto?

Discover the best English bookstores in Porto - it includes the famous Lello bookstore as well as some less known bookstores.

Sara Riobom

April 15, 2020

Half day tour in Porto

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Have you decided where to stay? If not, read my article about the Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Porto.

Porto has several libraries and bookstores so I broke the answer to this question in three posts: the best English bookstores in Porto, the only children bookshop with books in languages rather than Portuguese and the best second hand bookshops.
I checked all of them to make sure they have books in languages other than Portuguese: English, Spanish, French, Italian and German, but also some Asian languages and Russian. Are you ready? Let’s go!

The best English bookshops in Porto are:

Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas, 144 | Porto
interior lello bookstore porto
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I already told you the story behind the most beautiful bookstore in the world, that recently celebrated its 110th anniversary 🙂 Lello has a good selection of books in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German, as well as Guides to Portugal in Russian, Chinese and Japanese and hence it is one of the best English bookstores in Porto.
In order to get inside the Lello bookstore you have to buy a ticket (I explain everything about how to get the ticket and avoid the queues on the link above), but you can redeem the value of the ticket when you buy a book.
However, I must warn you that Lello bookstore is very touristy, so it is always – always – full of people. It is impossible to analyse a book with some peace and quiet. Moreover, because it is so touristy, a lot of the books are unrelated to Portuguese culture – for instance, you can find a very big Harry Potter section and loads of books by Jane Austin. Nonetheless, if you are a patient person you will certainly find really good books there.
How to get there: the subway stations Aliados and São Bento are both a 10 minutes walking distance.

Livraria Leitura

Rua José Falcão, 78 | Porto

bookshop porto livraria leitura
Leitura is another well-guarded retreat, with a privileged location, that calls for a quick visit before we go for a coffee at the best éclairs’ shop in Porto. It has both novels and technical books available in English, French and Spanish.
How to get there: the subway stations Aliados and São Bento are both a 10 minutes walking distance.

Poetria

Rua das Oliveiras, 70 r/c, loja 12 | Porto

poetria poetry bookstore porto
Poetria is, as you can deduce from its name, the House of Poetry in Porto. Within Galerias Lumière, in a sheltered corner, you will find bilingual poetry books – Portuguese & English, French, German or Spanish. It has poetry books of Fernando Pessoa exclusively written in English.
How to get there: the subway stations Aliados and São Bento are both a 10 minutes walking distance.

Livraria José Alves

Rua da Fábrica, 74 | Porto

bookstore porto livraria jose alves
Students from FEUP – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto – already know this technical bookstore. It is specialised in technical books from various fields, and it has books in English.
How to get there: the subway stations Aliado is a 5 minutes walking distance.

Fnac

Rua Santa Catarina, 73 | Porto

bookshop porto fnac
Fnac is a world, not exactly an English bookstore in Porto. From electronics to books, house appliances, CDs, games… you can easily get lost yourself in there without really find what you need, and for that reason it’s not one of my favorite places to buy books. But given its size and variety, it is impossible to exclude it from this list.
How to get there: the subway station São Bento is a 10 minutes walking distance.

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6 responses to “Are there English bookstores in Porto?”

  1. George Hannan says:

    Thank you Sara, very helpful!

    • Portoalities says:

      Thank you for your message, George! This is not a very popular post (I guess people don’t read that much anymore!) but it’s one of my favourites 🙂

  2. Carl Froster says:

    I am staying long-term in Porto and just went to five bookstores, found hardly any English books. But I didn’t try these—so now I’m going to go out and try again with renewed courage! Thank you! ps those of us who do still read, read for everybody

    • Portoalities says:

      Hi Carl! I am glad you find this article useful. Unfortunately in Porto there is still a very small expat community – and a very large tourist fluctuant population! – so it’s difficult to find “proper” Literature in other languages other than Portuguese, except for city guides. However, as a passionate reader myself, I think it’s worth to be patient and dig into the local bookstores to find interesting books. I hope this list brings you what you are looking for 🙂

      • Carl Froster says:

        Let me know if you want to do some book trades!

      • Vincent Rotoped says:

        There is one new english bookstore! Maybe you should update your list. Trezor, rua do ferraz, cant remember the name. Some nice stuff there. YAY