For book and coffee enthusiasts, finding a café that caters to the two things closest to their hearts is one of life’s many pleasant experiences. But stumbling upon charming, cozy, and unique book-themed coffee shops brings the experience to another level. From Beijing to England, here are some of coolest bookstore cafes in the world worth visiting.
Barter Books (Alnwick, England, UK)
Barter Books is located inside a converted Victorian-era railway station in Alnwick in the UK. This cozy and charming second-hand bookstore features a self-service tea and coffee area. Guests can make their own tea or coffee and just leave their payment in a box. Settle into one of the shop’s comfortable chairs or sofas while enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee or tea. If you are feeling famished, you can take your pick of British food and treats from the buffet.
Cafebrería el Péndulo (Mexico City, Mexico)
El Péndulo is a beautiful bookstore with interiors that boast of balconies with intricately designed handrails and real plants that add to the delightful look and feel of the place. It is a great place to simply relax, read, and have some scrumptious Mexican treats.
Cook & Book (Brussels, Belgium)
Delightful does not quite capture what Cook & Book has in store for anyone who ventures into its halls. This bookshop in Brussels is an eye candy and features eight different spaces and a section devoted to music. In the Comic Books area you will find a wide collection of local and international comics and a communal table where you can hang out to read. Other eye-catching features include an All-American Airstream caravan in the travel section, a Greenhouse in the gardening and interior décor section, the modern railway track in the children’s section, an artsy theme in the arts section, and a graffitied hallway that leads to the music section that boasts of an extensive selection of books, CDs, and vinyls.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the most stunning bookstores in the world. It is a tourist attraction in its own right. It has attracted not just book lovers but also those who are curious about its grandeur. Housed in a converted theatre, the bookshop features a café that sits right on the of this spectacular theatre turned bookstore.
The Bookworm (Beijing, China)
The Bookworm is a popular destination for literary lovers in Beijing. It has also attracted writers from around the world. It boasts of a wide selection of books, a whiskey bar, and café that features a seasonal menu.