The Livraria Lello, also known as Livraria Lello & Irmão and Livraria Chardron, is a bookstore located in civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the northern part of Porto.
Thanks to its high historical and artistic value, the Lello bookshop is considered as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas, the British newspaper Guardian and the Australian publishing house Lonely Planet.
The Library 'Lello e Irmão' was founded in 1869 and inaugurated in 1906; the structure of the library was conceived by the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves with a mixture of Gothic tradition and Liberty elaborations.
Of the more than 1,000 visitors per day, 70% are tourists and 50% buy a guide or a book. The best-selling Portuguese authors are Fernando Pessoa and Nobel Prize winner José Saramago but also the English writer J. K. Rowling, who was a regular visitor to the library, where she found inspiration to set her Harry Potter.
R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal