Four Unusual Bookshops Around the Globe

Whenever I travel I make a point of stopping into at least one local independent bookshop. I’ve been lucky enough to explore many beautiful bookish spaces this way, but haven’t yet encountered any as unusual as the four below.

Castle Arkdale

Located in Wisconsin, USA, this medieval castle-inspired bookshop was once a manure tank. During the video interview below one of the owners indicates that even on hot days you’d never know the building ever held anything besides books.castle arkdale


Selexyz Dominicanen

In Maastricht, Holland, this shop makes its home below the arches of a gorgeous 13th-century Dominican church. Watch the video for a more extensive look at the space.

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The Book Barge

In various canals around the UK, one may be lucky enough to encounter this quaint book store, most often moored in Lichfield, Staffordshire.  For more on The Book Barge, click through to Lee Rourke’s piece for the Guardian.

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La caverne aux livres

Built into an old train car in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, La caverne aux livres is a second-hand bookshop sure to appeal to any traveller.

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Now, which to visit first?

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