Library, bookstore, art piece? Just what is behind the glowing shelves that make up the front of the Livraria da Vila?
Upon entering, you will know that it is simply this - a bibliophile’s happy place. The doors themselves reveal what lies behind them, as they are made of bookshelves covered in glass, and open up into a beautifully-lit atrium-style bookstore.
After going through the unique yet theme-appropriate doors, you’ll find yourself surrounded by shelves and shelves of books, these cases open for the perusing, unlike the ones that you passed through to enter. Black bookshelves line the walls of each soft white room and line themselves across the stairways, urging you to pick up a book and read.
Know Before You Go
The closest metro stations are Oscar Freire (on the yellow line) and Consolação (on the green line). There is an English language section in the book store with a superb collection of titles, including quite a few Penguin classics in both hardback and softcover.