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:
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 .
- 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.