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Buenos Aires is known for its literature and avid readers. Anyone who has walked the streets or traveled in the public transport system will readily agree that the city is full of bookshops and bookworms which is why it’s no surprise that it was picked as the 2011 book capital of the world. Naturally, it is also a great place to buy books.
Those looking for rare finds, first editions, and foreign language books should stop by the bookstores on Avenida Corrientes and Avenida de Mayo.The Plaza Italia book fair is also a good place to find unusual picks at an extra good price as everything they sell is second hand, whilst antique books can be found mostly in San Telmo.
For those looking for both a place to acquire these beautiful noble objects and to enjoy them over coffee we recommend the following bookstores:
Ateneo Grand Splendid: This impressive bookstore is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Set in what was once the Grand Splendid Theatre, and conserving its grandiose architecture whilst adapting its function to a bookstore, it is one of the city jewels.
The balconies, the original velvet curtains, and the cupola, on which an allegoric representation of peace was painted after world war one, can all be enjoyed whilst browsing for books or having something to eat on the once stage.
Av. Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta
Libreria del Pasaje: This bookstore, record store and bar in Palermo offers a great selection of books, advice on what to buy, and a relaxing modern environment in which to sit and read. Additionally they have a lot of cultural events including photography and art exhibits and activities for children.
Thames 1762, Palermo
Eterna Cadencia: Warm lighting, dark wooden furniture and a extensive selection of books can be found in this bookstore and publishing house. The spacious cafe is a great place to sit and read or even to just stop by for a coffee break.
Honduras 5574, Palermo