Bertrand Chiado: the oldest bookstore in the world
The Bertrand Chiado was recognized in 2011 by the Guinness Book as the oldest bookstore in the world still in operation. Having opened its doors in 1732, this store located at Rua Garrett in Chiado has several rooms and a few spots so the visitors can sit and read. By having a long operating time, the bookstore witnessed several important moments of the recent history of Portugal, and has had the privilege to receive important visitors. In resume, the place is mandatory for anyone who passes by Chiado!
During these years, the Bertrand Chiado hosted important literary and political discussions. As we said, many famous writers and thinkers attended the bookstore, not only to read but also to socialize and participate in tertulias. Eça de Queirós, Antero de Quental and Alexandre Herculano are some of those who visit the place frenquently. Herculano was in fact a regular visitor of the place and has also launched some of his books in the bookstore. Aquilino Ribeiro was also a frequent one, so that at the first room on the right side you can see the “Corner of Aquilino”.
Pedro Faure opened the first Bertrand shop at Rua Direito do Loreto. After the famous earthquake of 1755 in Lisbon, they had to relocate to near the Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Chapel, returning to the “Baixa de Lisboa” 18 years later, when it was rebuilt. The Bertrand over the years has been expanding and is now the largest bookstore chain in Portugal with more than 50 shops.
Besides the title of world oldest bookstore, Bertrand Chiado was elected in 2013 as the “favorite bookstore” of Lisbon, according to an online survey conducted by the Associação de Editores e Livreiros (APEL). The fact is: this place is truly a treasure for the city. Must See!
Bertrand Chiado – Information
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 9a.m.-10p.m./ Sundays and holidays: 11a.m.-8p.m
Address: Rua Garrett, 73-75 – Chiado – Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 476 122