I love adding a bookish touch to my holiday by visiting nice/unusual bookstores. And during my recent trip to Oslo I discovered an amazing place – Eldorado! It is situated in the city center and it is a must visit if you’re in Oslo 🙂
The bookstore itself opened in 2003, and its motto “Culture since 1891” builds upon its cultural background.
Eldorado has a very interesting history. Initially, the building at Torggata 9 had several business offices and an internal courtyard used or shows and concerts. From 1903 to 1911, the inner building was used by a theatre which performed 8 seasons before filing for bankruptcy.
Starting with August 1911, a cinema opened in the same building, and it wasn’t until 1929 that the movie theater was named “Eldorado”. Eldorado was actually the first cinema in Norway with a sound system!
Quite recently, in 2012, the cinema closed and was then transformed into a bookstore, converting many cinemas into open spaces for bookshelves. And what a bookstore!
What I liked most is that it has several areas to chill out, perfect for taking a break, reading a book or just admiring the store. It also had a wide variety of books, including English books and children’s books.
A nice detail I observed is that they arranged a corner with books written by Norwegian authors and translated into English. This is something I don’t see often, neither in Romania nor aboard, and I find it very useful for travellers who would like to get immersed in the bookish culture of the country they’re visiting.
These being said, I heartily recommend visiting Eldorado during your holiday in Olso! And if you’re living in Oslo, enjoy it as much as possible, you’re a very lucky reader 🙂
I’d love to hear what other interesting bookstores you’ve discovered around the world!
‘Till next time … happy travelling and discovering awesome bookstores!
PS: all pictures were taken by myself.