A Look at Some of the Coolest Independent Bookstores from Around the World

Many of the world’s most beautiful independent bookstores have closed in recent years. Not all of them are facing unhappy endings, however.

The brick-and-mortar survivors—and brave newcomers—have adapted to the Age of Amazon in their own ways, from opening 24 hours to undergoing spectacular design renovations or stocking books that aren’t sold by the online giant.

Old or new, all with fascinating stories, the following bookstores serve as historic sites, sanctuaries, salons of culture and must-visit entries in any travel itinerary.