Livraria Lello

I am about to make a bunch of you jealous.

A and I visited the famous Livraria Lello while in Porto.

For those of you that don’t know, it is supposed to be where JK Rowling had inspiration for the Harry Potter series.

As a disclaimer I am not a Harry Potter fan; I have only read one of the books and seen probably 1.5 of the movies. However I can appreciate the significance of this bookstore and also be in awe of the inside, even if it was uncomfortably crowded.

There is a ticket system to get in (fee can be used toward book purchases) and a long wait so it didn’t get too crowded inside. However even with the ticket and queuing it was still uncomfortably crowded inside. I think if I was a huge fan I might be annoyed, or maybe not. I wandered around to take a couple photos then told my friend I would meet her outside. It was too much for me. Perhaps try a visit when it first opens?

A couple days later I went by myself to another JK Rowling spot, The Majestic Cafe (it was closed on the first day we attempted to go).

The Majestic Cafe is one of the regular hangout spots for Rowling when she lived in Porto.

It is at Majestic that I finally tried the local dish Francesinha that I read about before my visit. I have to say I really wasn’t a fan. It was too rich for me and tasted a little like chef Boyyardee. The waitress noticed I didn’t even come close to finishing it. I told her it was too rich for me and she replied “we need the calories because of all the uphill walking in town”. That’s cute but I’ll get my calories elsewhere :).

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