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Porto has numerous libraries and bookshops so I broke the answer to this question in three posts: the best bookshops, the only children bookshop with books in languages rather than Portuguese and the best second hand bookshops.

I verified each and every single one of them to make sure they have books in other languages 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

bookstore porto livraria lello
I already told you the story behind the most beautiful bookshop 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.

How to get there: the subway stations Aliados and São Bento are 10min walking distance.

Livraria Leitura

Rua José Falcão, 78

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 10min walking distance.


Rua das Oliveiras, 70 r/c, loja 12

bookshop porto poetria
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 10min walking distance.

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Livraria José Alves

Rua da Fábrica, 74

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 5min walking distance.


Rua Santa Catarina, 73

bookshop porto fnac
Fnac is a world, not exactly a bookstore. 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 10min walking distance.

Extra: Go on a private tour in Porto

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The best way to get to know Porto is to go on a private tour with me!

Check this page to learn more about my tours in Porto, or simply send an email to sara@portoalities.com. I will shortly get back to you with a tailor made tour designed specifically for you.

It will be a pleasure to welcome you in Porto!