The Best Book Cafes Around the World for Avid Readers

Women sitting by a bookshelf wall
Osaka, Japan. Photo by Lily Li on Unsplash

Is there anything better than curling up with a good book? How about pairing it with a perfect cup of coffee in a cozy café somewhere around the globe? We’ve scoured the world to bring you a list of the most inviting book cafés that are every book lover’s dream come true. Let’s jump in.

Shakespeare and Company Café, Paris, France

This cafe has been a haven for writers and readers since the 1950s. Shakespeare and Company Café is located next to the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore. It’s the perfect spot to delve into a newly purchased novel while soaking up the historic literary atmosphere of Paris.

Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal

Ler Devagar, which translates to “read slowly,” is located in the LX Factory, one of Lisbon’s most vibrant cultural hubs. The café and bookstore are housed in a former printing factory, with towering shelves filled with books that stretch up to the high ceilings. 

The Last Bookstore Café, Los Angeles, USA

The Last Bookstore is known for its creative use of books as art installations. With local art lining the walls and a selection of local coffees and teas, it’s an ideal place for those who love to get lost in both books and the unique spirit of downtown LA.