Not all bookstores are mega-style these days. Some are even built in churches, theaters, and 19-century buildings. A Guardian scribe lists his top 10 booksellers worldwide:
- Maastricht, Netherlands: Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen. Owners converted an 800-year-old church into a divine bookstore.
- Buenos Aires' El Ateneo. Once a theater, its stage is now a cafe where readers flip pages and sip coffee.
- Porto, Portugal's Livraria Lello. Started as a bookstore in 1881, it boasts stained glass ceilings and ornate wood carvings.
- Secret Headquarters comic shop in Los Angeles. Nestled in hip Silver Lake, this boutique is for the refined comic lover.
- Borders in Glasgow. Okay, so this one's a chain—but it's tucked into a neo-classical 19th-century building.
- Scarthin's in the Peak District, UK. Down-to-earth, mid-1970s, has a cafe. Exhibits books from centuries past.
- Posada in Brussels. Known for new and used art books and exhibition catalogs.
- El lugar de la Mancha in Mexico. Open architecture, cafe, books—a place where book lovers can dodge the afternoon sun.
- Keibunsya in Kyoto. Offers attractive Japanese art books and galleries fitted into the shelves.
- Hatchards in London. Britain's oldest bookshop, it supplies titles to none other than Her Majesty.