In May we featured El Ateneo, a theatre-turned-bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina, suggesting that it may be the most beautiful bookstore in the world. One of our readers, Petra, thinks that the Polare Maastricht bookstore in the Netherlands has it beat. The Polare Maastricht is also a converted classic building but it is even older than the former theatre that houses El Ateneo; Polare is operated out of the more than 700-years-old Dominicanen Church!
There are no details spared at Polare, with its requisite bookstore coffee shop, Blanche Dael Coffeelovers, being found in the church’s former sanctuary.
What do you think? Does the ecclesiastic architecture of the Polare Maastricht make it the most beautiful bookstore in the world?