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.
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!
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.
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.