Guest Blogger: Gisela Giunti’s Favorite Bookstores

A cup of coffee and a good read, that’s it. Good reads wake me up and make me happy! That’s why there is no chance I’d skip a nice book shop plus coffee shop anywhere in the city, and that’s why deciding which are among my favourites is a tough job. And if you think about it, it’s kind of a difficult job considering the fact that Buenos Aires counts a high number of bookstores in comparison with other capital cities around the world.

Via Craphound

Via Craphound

Quoting Ray Bradbury, he would be really happy in Buenos Aires saying thing like this: “A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better and an old one smells like Ancient Egypt.” He also pointed out that “Without libraries what we have got? We have no past and no future”. These are my favorite bookstores in Buenos Aires.

El Ateneo

A real shelter surrounded by beautiful baroque stalls where you can sit down with a book and forget about the world. The interior, the building and the ambiance embrace you; it’s naturally inviting and the stunning stalls and remarkable architecture are a reminder of the glory years when it was possible to watch a film or enjoy a play at El Ateneo. You can also sit on a sofa, in the beautiful café and listen to the piano concert at around 6pm everyday, if that weren’t enough. Luxury at the price of a coffee.

Via Distal

Via Distal

Distal Libros Recoleta

My most recent discovery. One of those places you wouldn’t think is special, a very lovely bookstore on Junín street, just in front of Recoleta Cemetery and half a block from the Village Recoleta. This bookstore has a long entrance which takes you to the café at the back and then on to the patio. It’s sort of unexpected but nice enough to surprise you in the good sense. It’s a bit of a touristy place but the customers are mainly locals interested in serious books, the most recently released International titles and well-known authors. The vendors are really willing to help you, also a plus!

 

Cúspide Village Recoleta

This one shows up like a huge bookstore from outsider as soon as you pass by on Vicente López street where the Village Recoleta Entrance is. It doesn’t look anything special from the outside, but once you get in and go to the back, Cúspide has much more to offer: a quiet place to read, a Brioche Doreé café and lot of well-read vendors eager to help. The place offers a huge variety of books, CDs, DVDs, games, maps, stickers and photography books, if you are in need of any of these.

Via Cuspide

Via Cuspide

Clásica y Moderna

A blast from the past. Its very name tells us about Argentine history, about hours of great artistic performances, hours of politicians discussing the country (it’s only 10 blocks away from the Parliament building), lots of great intellectuals hiding in this redoubt, just behind the piano at the entrance. At the back, you’ll find one of the most well-known, smallest and cultured bookstores in the city.

Via Clásica y Moderna

Via Clásica y Moderna

Prometeo Libros

It always was one of the icons of the Corrientes Avenue bookstores. Sociologists, philosophers, linguists, actors and students know that Prometeo has what they are looking for: specialized items, interesting titles and an amazing assortment in general. Its just two blocks away from the typical Corrientes and Callao corner, an authentic emblem of many of the Buenos Aires demonstrations and cultural events.

Via Opera Mundi

Via Opera Mundi

 

IMG_2941 (1)Gisela Giunti is qualified Spanish language teacher for foreigners, proofreader in Spanish and holds a BA in Communications and Journalism. Check out her own blog here and her website here.

 

We Recommend: El Ateneo Grand Splendid

(photo by m4caque)
This impresive bookstore is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.  Set in what was once the Grand Splendid Theatre,  and conserving the grandiose architecture whilst adapting its function to a bookstore, it is one of the city’s 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

4813-6052

Opening Hours:

Mon-Thur 9am-10pm

Fri-Sat 9am-12pm

Sun 12am-10pm