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Carturesti Carusel: Discovering the World’s Most Beautiful Bookstore

We saw many times all the beautiful photos of Bookstore Carturesti Carusel on Instagram.

It just kept appearing over and over and we just fell in love with this beauty. 

So when we visited Bucharest we put this on top of our Instagrammable places to visit in Bucharest.

It was a summer day, sunny and warm and we just went to visit it and convince ourselves that it looks as we saw in the photos, we were a little skeptical I must say. 

It is located just in the old town, in the city center and it is just surrounded by old buildings some of them being under renovation.

In the city center, in the old town, there are lots of pubs, bars, and terraces around this beautiful bookstore where you can hang out afterward and sit for a beer or lemonade and you can even have lunch and dinner here.

So the location of Carusel Bookstore is perfect and easily accessible.

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The most beautiful bookstore from Europe


Is Bookstore Carturesti Carusel the most Beautiful Bookstore in the world ?

From the outside, it does not look very promising, but once you get inside the building you just stop and look around you, and remember to breathe.

Cartureshti Carousel – is it the most beautiful bookstore in the world?

Everything around you looks so beautiful, you are surrounded by the beautiful design with wooden floors and a big staircase in front of you in the back of the room.

Don’t stop at the entrance and just enter and enjoy the wonder that is the Bookstore Carturesti Carusel.

This building from the 19th century once served as a bank headquarters until it was closed in 1948.

After that, it was a men’s clothing store, and afterward a general store during Communism.

After 1989, when the Communist regime collapsed, the building was abandoned and turned into ruin until it was saved by Jean Chirssoveloni who invested about 1,000,000 EUR to restore and transform it with the architects from Square One.

After the building was completely restored to the beautiful building it once was, he leased it to Carturest chain, the largest bookstore chain in Romania.

If you ever visit Romania and if you visit Bucharest, you should definitely visit Carturesti Carusel on your Bucharest day tour, especially if you love visiting bookstores or if you are a book lover.

Logistical tips and tricks for your trip

Book your accommodation
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Don't forget travel insurance
We never leave home without HeyMondo Insurance or Safety Wings Insurance as they offer the best services and a good value for money.

When we go for longer trips around the world we get Globelink Insurance as it offers a good cover for an affordable price.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected costs caused by medical events like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.

Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.