If you are a fan of literature, you are in the right city. Today, the city boasts over 460 spaces for readers, being one of the places with more bookstores per person in the world.

Buenos Aires has always been linked to literature, and it has been mentioned many times in books by great national writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortáz

ar, Bioy Casares, and even international artists. However, the city is also famous due to its boroughs of poets and avenues--where books have the leading role--, as well as their amazing architectural spaces.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid (Av. Santa Fe 1860 – Recoleta)

This is the largest bookstore in Latin America and it is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It is located in the same place of the former Gran Splendid Movie Theater, which opened in 1919. Today, the space that used to be the stage boasts a cute coffee shop. From its tables, it is possible to see the dome, which is an allegorical representation of peace and commemorates the end of the First World War. Apart from the more than one hundred and twenty thousand titles in stock, the bookstore has an area devoted to records and movies in DVD format. Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM to 10 PM. Friday through Saturday, from 9 AM to midnight.

Falena (Charlone 201 - Chacarita)

This is one of the new additions to the Buenos Aires map of bookstores. It also serves as wine cellar and art gallery, and it has a rooftop full of plants where you can spend the summer. Inside its rooms with sunken and raised areas, the bookstore keeps art, traveling, and narrative books. Monday through Saturday, from 2 PM to 9 PM.

Clásica y Moderna (Callao 892 - Recoleta)

This bookstore was founded in 1938 and converted into another classic spot of Buenos Aires City, not only because it sells books, but also because it belongs to the circuit of notable bars. Due to its importance, the bookstore was declared a Cultural Heritage Site by the City’s Legislature. Since 1987, it has been a venue that brings together books, musicals, coffee, and an exquisite gastronomy. Monday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 9 PM.

Librería de Ávila (Alsina 500 - Monserrat)

Its origins date back to the late 18th century. Some of its clients have been distinguished characters such as Presidents Bartolomé Mitre, Domingo Sarmiento, and Nicolás Avellaneda; an writers Leopoldo Lugones, Roberto Arlt, Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Victoria Ocampo. It is devoted to books and old magazines, collection editions, and history rarities. The basement also houses a so-called literary cafe. Monday through Friday, from 8.30 AM to 8 PM. Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Eterna Cadencia (Honduras 5574 – Palermo)

A publishing house, also known as the “house occupied by writers.” Here you will not only find general literature pieces, but also history, art, cinema and theater works. The bookstore also offers the selling and purchasing of books; as well as courses, workshops, cultural events, and book presentations. Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 9 PM. Saturday, from 11.30 AM to 8 PM.

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Source: Revista Buenos Aires Day&Night

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