For voracious readers, a beautiful bookstore ranks up there with ocean views and new-baby-smell in the relaxation department. In honor of National Book Lovers Day, take a look at these seven examples of paginated paradise.
1. Libreria El Ateneo Grand Splendid // Buenos Aires, Argentina
Formerly a 1920s-era performance and movie theater, the Grand Splendid was the home of tango stars like Carlos Gardel. Everything inside has been repurposed: The box seats have been converted to reading nooks, while the stage is now a cafe. Visit in the afternoons and you might get to hear someone at the piano taking advantage of the building’s amazing acoustics.