10 Inspiring Travel Coffee Table Books

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If there’s anything I love more than a coffee table book, it’s travel coffee table books… y’know, for those “need to go somewhere now” inspiration moments! I also love to collect coffee table books that not only inspire me, but remind me of a place I have been before (and have subsequently fallen in love with). So with that in mind, I give you Paris first up!

paris in colour

Paris in Colour

This book is like, the ultimate mood board x a million. Exactly as it sounds, Paris in colour is a collection of photographs taken by Nichole Robertson who has a serious eye for catching those special moments in time + little intricate details that often go overlooked in travel photos.


Places to Go, People to See

For the stylish jet setter type, there really is no book that is more a necessity for the coffee table than Kate Spade’s “Places to go, People to see”.


Humans of New York

Brandon Standon’s blog is adored by the millions, so it was only a matter of time before he released a coffee table book of his collections of faces + stories. If you love New York, this is about as deep as you can get to really understanding the many different heartbeats on a street that somehow, in some way, manages to beat the same beat.

36 hours in

36 Hours in…

This one is in the title, as the New York Times go and explore different cities within the timeframe. It should come at little surprise that yes, it was a NY Times best seller.


World’s Best Travel Experiences

If you’re into lists and accompanying photos for your inspiration, look no further than National Geographic’s collection of the World’s Best Travel Experiences.


Window Seat: Reading the Landscape From the Air

Love seeing the world from the air? So does Gregory Dicum.


The Iconic Photographs – Steve McCurry

For some of the most awe-inspiring travel photographs you will ever lay eyes on, look no further. This is a bookshelf staple for any travel lover!


One Planet – Lonely Planet

Another one for the list lovers.


Great Journeys – Lonely Planet

As above: perfect for the list lovers.


Follow Me To…

And finally, a collection of Murad Osmans’s photographs of himself following his girlfriend Nataly around the world.


Over to you! What are your favourite coffee table books of all time?

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    September 29, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I need that 36 hours book! I followed your link to it, but I think you inserted the wrong one because it lead me to the “follow me..” book – just FYI 🙂

    Naomi in Wonderland
    September 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Yessss HONY is the best! I still have to pick up the book.

    Brandie Mcnemar
    September 2, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I recommend Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James. His photos are stunning, it adorns my coffee table right now! who knew these bridges could be so beautiful? His site is, it’s a beautiful book!

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    Faith | RailLove
    August 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Makes our coffee table look very dull…I think the Humans of New York will be the first of our collection based on this recommendation – thank you!

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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    August 27, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I’m a writer who keeps a travel blog, so I love travel books. One of my favorite coffee table travel books is ‘The London Coffee Guide.’ It’s perfect for coffee lovers who love London.

    August 26, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Places to go, People to see, Humans of New York, and Follow Me To are spot on! Can’t wait to get them!

    Brad Rutta
    August 26, 2015 at 6:09 am

    These look like such great books! I think I’ll get the one called The Iconic Photographs. It seems like a book both children and adults would enjoy.

    Rachel Ang
    August 25, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    great list!!

    Rachel x

    August 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    ***clicked fave

    tfs !

    Daniel | Dan Flying Solo
    August 25, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Brilliant list. My coffee table is covered by The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world – Gorgeous book with one page and a brief over view of every single country, stunning!

    August 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Love a coffee table book! I like Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book.

    August 25, 2015 at 5:49 am

    What a fun post! I love Paris in Colour!

    August 25, 2015 at 5:22 am

    My friend told me about “Paris in colour” I must read this!

    August 25, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Oooohh <3

    These are all so drool-worthy, and get me all travel bug-ish again. Darn you.

    Tiana xx //

    August 25, 2015 at 1:27 am

    An avid reader like I am… I need to get my hands on ALL of those!

    August 25, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Great books! I especially love reading Humans of New York! 🙂
    x M.

    One Average Jo
    August 25, 2015 at 12:19 am

    36 hours is my favorite book! I can’t wait to read some of the others you have mentioned here. Thanks for sharing.
    One Average Jo

    August 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    AH, I am in desperate need of the Kate Spade book and the Follow Me To! 🙂

    August 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    What a great selection! I especially like the sound of ‘Humans of New York’ and the photography in ‘Follow me to’ looks amazing, couldn’t think of any better way to get some inspiration for where to go next!

    August 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Gotta love coffe-table books 🙂 How to be parisienne is definitely also a must-have 😉

    Love, Kerstin

    August 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Yep, these all look amazing! Great list!

    August 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Love this selection! These would definitely give me wanderlust. Thanks for sharing!

    August 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

    These books are gorgeous! I love having a variety that I can rotate so that everytime I have a get together, I can place out a different one as a conversation starter.

    August 24, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I bought the Humans of New York one for my mum’s coffee table last Christmas and she absolutely loves it. But I love the look of some of the Lonely Planet ones on this list. Will need to add them to my amazon wishlist 😉