Our Customers Say

Baxter at Bookshop Bivar

“My #1 stop for English books in Lisbon. A charming bookshop, a very welcoming owner and great books at a great price. Well worth a visit!” —  Adriana B

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. . . continue reading. Most of these reviews are from Facebook but also from Yelp, Google and Tripadvisor.

“In the age of apps, amazon and ebooks, ready access is a mundane and uninspiring fare. How fitting it is that the delight of the unexpected find lives amidst the old and winding streets of Lisboa. Even if you don’t find your second-hand holy grail, as I did, you’ll be just as happy talking about all things literary with the pleasant staff. ”
— Pedro G

“Personalized service and got me a book I was looking for ages at a very low price. The staff is very pleasant and nice. My book needs shop from now on!”
— Goncalo PLeena at Bookshop

“This bookshop gives excellent service, has a stunning selection of books (fiction, non-fiction, children’s, adult) at very good prices and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended!”
— Jane P

“Uma livraria muito charmosa para todos os que gostam de ler em inglês.”
— Cesar K

“A haven for those looking for English books in Lisbon ~ a decent variety, cozy atmosphere & very personable and kind owner.”
— Hailey E

“My visit was a treat while on ferias in Lisboa and since I have had a few books shipped to my home in the north. A great shop and thoughtful friendly owners. A gem.”
— Joy H

“Whimsical place, excellent books, very friendly & chatty owner.”
— Eve L

“I have been travelling for 5 months around Portugal, Spain, France & Switzerland and this is the best secondhand English bookstore I have found! Great selection of quality books and a friendly and helpful owner. Highly recommended!”
— Isaac K

“A great place to visit and to buy books. Love it.”
— Ricardo S

“Affordable and good selection, not to mention the very friendly owner. If you’re looking for an English book, definitely go to bookshop bivar… You’ll find a welcoming and cozy atmosphere, and a wide range of books.”
— Julia H


“A great place, with great books, and a nice keeper of books”
— Helena S

“Livros a preços muito bons, serviço excelente!”
— Afonso B

“Great selection of fiction and non fiction books reasonably priced. With loquacious owners. Ready to help, chat or let you just take in the ambience.”
— Adam B

“We spent a couple of hours here. Pretty much all books run between 5 and 7 euros (with the occasional bargain selection or more expensive rarity). I was really impressed by the selection — fiction, non-fiction, and children. To a degree, you take what they have, rather than show up with a particular book in mind. But there’s a lot to choose from and the proprietor, Lena, is delightful.”
— Robotboy

“Great selection of second hand books in English. Mainly paperback novels for approx 5 euros each. Ideal if you run out of books on holiday. You can also part exchange the books you have already read. Essential to check website for opening times – it’s not open every day or on weekday mornings”
— SD12015