The Bertrand bookstore opened in Portugal in 1732, in Chiado and has held, since April 2010, the Guinness World Record for oldest bookstore still in activity.
Many great figures of Portuguese history used this space to talk literature
More than a bookstore, it has gained reputation as a privileged spot for “tertulia”, functioning almost as a book club. The attendees of this gathering included many great figures of Portuguese history, among them Alexandre Herculano, Oliveira Martins, Eça de Queirós, Antero de Quental and Ramalho Ortigão were all habitués that used this space to talk politics and literature. By the end of the 19th Century, Chiado was where Lisbon’s elite used to gather, and through Bertrand passed liberals and conservatives, aristocrats and D. Pedro II himself.
Bertrand bookstores are the largest bookstore network in Portugal.