THE WORLD’S SMALLEST BOOKSHOP
The Portuguese marvel that will pique your interest isn’t gigantic but minuscule. It’s so discrete that if we didn’t tell you about it, you wouldn’t notice it. The hidden treasure we’re talking about is Simão Carneiro’s bookshop. This less-than-four metres-squared shop is tucked away at the bottom of Escadinhas de Sao Cristovao steps, which are famous for their graffiti.
The Livraria do Simão bookshop is so tiny that only one person can go in at a time. Every time a customer goes in, the owner has to come out to make room. Lucky that the weather is usually lovely in Lisbon!
The owner, originally from near Porto, wasn’t looking for such a small space for his bookshop. Given the limited choice of locations and his small budget, the young bookseller’s options were limited.
Opened in 2008 in a former cigarette shop, the shop has no fewer than 4,000 books. You’ll find rare literature from Saramago and Jorge de Sena, foreign books and works from 20th-century Portuguese poets. Browse on the shelves, and the small display cabinets hung outside the shop. It’s a mini Aladdin’s cave for literature lovers!