At the request of one of my friends, I went to take a look at the new Carusel Bookstore. Located on Lipscani street, in the Old City of Bucharest, the store takes the passion for reading and book shopping to the next level, through the surrounding atmosphere and unique style.
Hosting a bistro, a media centre, an art gallery, and the most beautiful design of all the bookstores in the area, the store invites you in, to tell you its beautiful story.
The very elegant building, dating back to the nineteenth century, was originally owned by a famous family of bankers, until it was confiscated during the communist period, together with many other similar buildings. After 1990, the building was recovered by Jean Chrissoveloni, the current owner, who started the full restoration, bringing the beautiful construction back to life. After looking around for a bit, I would say a project well done!
Sadly enough, after my first visit, I realized not many people go there for the books, but for the building design or to get out of the cold weather, and the people who go there for the experience books have to offer, can’t really enjoy it, as the place gets really busy and loud.
All in all, a gorgeous building, with a lot of potential. The best part is that a historical building was saved from a very slow death, adding more value to the old city of Bucharest.