Livraria Lello

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Livraria Lello (or Livraria Chardron), Porto
Interior of the bookstore.

Livraria Lello, also known as Livraria Lello & Irmão or Livraria Chardron, is a bookstore located in central Porto, Portugal.

Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. It is frequently rated among the top bookstores in the world, placing third in lists by the Lonely Planet and The Guardian.[1][2]

History and developments[edit]

The actual company goes back to the establishment of the "Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron" in 1869, down in the Clérigos street. After the early passing of the founder at the age of 45, the firm was sold to "Lugan & Genelioux Sucessores".

In 1881, José Pinto de Sousa Lello established a bookstore in the nearby Almada street. In 1894, Mathieux Logan sold the old Chardron Library to José Lello which, holding a partnership with his brother Antonio Lello, kept Chardron with the registered name of "Sociedade José Pinto Sousa Lello & Irmão", which then would be referred to as "Livraria Lello e Irmão" (1919).

The bookstore was frequented by JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, when she taught English in Porto and is reported to be an inspiration for her writing.[3]


Elements of the facade and much of the interior are decorated in Art Nouveau, with some features of the Gothic Revival.

Coordinates: 41°08′49″N 8°36′53″W / 41.14694°N 8.61472°W / 41.14694; -8.61472


  1. ^ "The world's greatest bookshops". Lonely Planet. Jun 16, 2012. Retrieved Nov 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Top shelves". The Guardian. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "The most beautiful bookshop Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal". Retrieved November 22, 2015.