From left to right: Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece; Book and Bed, Tokyo, Japan; Cafebrería El PénduloMexico City, Mexico; The Albertine Bookstore, New York City, New York.
Some of these stunning bookstores have had past lives as cathedrals, theaters, and even fishermen’s cottages. Others have had more classically literary histories, including as the site of inspiration for famous writers from F. Scott Fitzgerald to J.K. Rowling.

From left to right: Boekhandel Dominicanen, Maastricht, Netherlands; Shakespeare & Co., Paris, France; Livaria Lello, Porto, Portugal; Daunt Books Marylebone, London, England.