Livraria José Alves

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  • Livraria José Alves_O Carapau Criativo

  • Livraria José Alves_O Carapau Criativo

  • Livraria José Alves_O Carapau Criativo

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The Shop

The bookshop Livraria José Alves is specialized in technical books in several areas, namely, Medicine, Economy, Management, IT, Biological Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, among others. Mainly dedicated to Higher Education in Portugal, giving equal priority to the Business and Professional segment, this establishment is a reference point for all those seeking niche books, as well as school books.

Shop History

It was through the hands of the renowned pedagogue and writer, Américo da Silva Areal that the bookstore Livraria Asa was born, in 1967; he was also the founder of Edições Asa. In 2000, José Alves, an employee of Livraria Asa since its foundation, acquired the establishment and changed its name to its current name, Livraria José Alves. In 2015, his daughter, Maria de Fátima Marques Alves Miller, took over the management. The design of the building where the bookshop is located was designed by the renowned architect Júlio de Brito. The delicate and discreet design reflects the spirit of the period, also evident in its interior. The furniture and the interior space reinforce the shape of the building, highlighting the particular care taken in the design of the shelves and the web-shaped ceiling. In the 1980s, the bookshop was awarded several prestigious commercial prizes and had collaborations with foreign publishers. It has a loyal clientele, especially among teachers and students of the Porto Academia, and it is the supplier of several higher education establishments. Given its close relationship with the academic world, it is frequented by distinguished political and academic personalities from Porto. This bookshop fosters proximity with the public, supporting initiatives with diverse cultural and social aspects. It is one of the few technical bookshops which still remains in the city centre.

Products and Services


Business Hours

segunda-feira 10:00 19:00
terça-feira 10:00 19:00
quarta-feira 10:00 19:00
quinta-feira 10:00 19:00
sexta-feira 10:00 19:00
sábado 10:00 13:00
Additional information:

Closed on Sunday


Parish: União das freguesias de Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória
Address: Rua Avis 9, 4050-075 Porto
Postal Code: 4050-075 Porto

General Data

Main activity: Bookstores, tobacco shop and Stationer’s
Opening Year: 1967
Main Code of Economic Activity (CAE): 47610