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Friday, February 17, 2017

LISBON- Alfarrabista . Round up the usual suspects

Lisbon has several book stores with the same purpose of selling old books; we call these shops “Alfarrabista”. Although there are other zones more populated with this kind of shops.Some info:


Livraria do Simão - A gathering of some preciosities   (A. Cotovio)
the smallest bookshop in Portugal, maybe one of the tightest of the world; believe me, tight is the right word! So tight that it’s impossible for the owner and the client to be inside together! This doesn’t mean the book offer is small; or the choice limited. I was told that
Simão, the owner, has about 4,000 books available here and some of them are rarities. And there are a lot of books in a variety of other languages.
this one unique and worth a visit even if you’re not a “reader”.
Easy to reach when entering the arch to “Escadinhas de São Cristóvão” from “Rua da Madalena”, 

  • Bivar Books (Rua de Ponta Delgada 34A) is an all-English secondhand bookstore in Estefânia with a penchant for Penguin editions and a bend toward science fiction titles, which are otherwise very hard to find in English in this town. It’s run by the affable Leena Marjola, who’s actively building a community of book-lovers with readings, exhibits, and more.
  • Estrela Hall (Rua da Estrela 10), home to the English-language theater troupe The Lisbon Players, has a shelf of books, many of them in English, for anyone to grab for a minimum suggested donation of just 1€. this community-oriented group doesn’t have much funding. While you’re at it, might as well grab a 1€ copo of wine .
Lisbon markets are also great for finding good deals on English-language book, as well as books in French and German. 
  • Feira da Ladra (Campo de Santa Clara, Tuesdays and Saturdays) in Alfama has a ton of used book sellers, so there are bargains galore.
  •  Belem Flea Market (Jardim Vasco de Gama, Rua Vieira, first and third Sunday of the month) also occasionally has English-language books.

RIP: Lisbon’s best used bookstore… Fyodor Books (Rua do Loreto 15), close to Praça de Camões, was run by literature graduates who sold carefully selected used books in English, Portuguese, French, and German. I

Livraria Britânica (Rua Luis Fernandes, 14), in Principe Real, is geared toward English language learners and teachers.

Ler Devagar
 (1300, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103) in LX Factory in Alcântara is one of the most gorgeous bookstores around, with a cafe.  where you can drink wine and smoke cigarettes while you look all smarty-pants. The English selection (all new books) skews toward Portuguese authors and Portugal travel and history books, though.
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