Read Slowly at Ler Devagar

Ler Devagar

Ler Devagar, which means “read slowly”, is probably the most photographed bookstore in Lisbon. I couldn’t help but include a post on this beloved location.

Located in trendy LX Factory, Ler Devagar isn’t merely a bookstore. It opens at noon on most days and, depending on the day, closes as late at 2 am. In its essence, it’s a bookstore, with hundreds of books to choose from… but it’s also a space for galleries and book launches.

Books at Ler Devagar

The most striking aspect of Ler Devagar, and why it’s photographed so often, is its decor. Aside from tall, arched ceilings, the building isn’t particularly exciting. But whoever decorated the space, certainly made the most of it. Books line every single wall over the two open floors. Sliding ladders along the shelves mean you can reach the books on the 10th shelf. Being 5’2″, I’m especially grateful for this specific feature!

Enjoying Ler Devagar

Cafe at Ler Devagar

In addition to the wall-lined books, the space has some incredible installations of people on flying bicycles, which move along tight-ropes throughout the store. I was pretty mesmerized by these until I saw the café with delicious-looking cakes (cake always distracts me). I had to sit down with my mom and share a slice of dulce de leche pie and drink a freshly-squeezed strawberry juice in the seating area. While you’re there, you can also attend a quick exhibition a printing press, which they have on the 2nd (and a half) floor, right above the café.

Food at Ler Devagar

Ler Devagar - press

Printing press exhibition at Ler Devagar

I love how Ler Devagar has transformed a bookstore into a much more diverse space that keeps people wanting to go back for books and new experiences. If you’re in the area, please drop in, have a slice of pie and buy yourself a book that will always remind you of your time in Lisbon and Ler Devagar.

Book close up at Ler Devagar

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  • atmosphere
    November 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    A melhor livraria de sempre! Espaço fantástico e uma oferta maravilhosa de títulos. Que saudades da Ler Devagar!

    • aportugueseaffair
      November 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Tive pena de só a descobrir este ano, mas mais vale tarde que nunca! 🙂

  • Gail at Large
    November 28, 2016 at 11:44 am

    My cousin-in-law brought me there last summer, and I loved it! After working in the pulp and paper industry at the time when the internet started taking over, an old press like that was something I’d never expected to see — especially in a bookstore.

    The Italian making “useless toys” in the print shop was especially delightful. I have videos and photos of the place waiting (im)patiently for me to compile them for a post, but it will probably be 2017 before I get them online…

    • aportugueseaffair
      November 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      So glad you liked it too. Can’t wait to read your post on it! 🙂

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