Because Buenos Aires is a city of writers and readers. And it is not difficult to find several bookstores in a few blocks. Here you will find a selection of three bookstores where choosing and buying a book can be an unforgettable experience.
Considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, if you visit Buenos Aires- regardless of whether you are a reader or not- you must know this beauty, a remarkable example of recuperation of old spaces. Until 2000, theater Grand Splendid operated here, it used to be an elegant and luxurious facility when it opened, but it its last days it was quite shabby. Nowadays, the three carpeted floors- keeping the original red and gold comprise the structure holding around 200 thousand titles distributed in two thousand square meters. Those areas nowadays filled with bookshelves separated by subjects, used to be seating tiers in the past. And it is clearly shown that the coffee store used to be the stage. You cannot miss it: before going in, do not forget to look at the Greek-style banner holding the facade balconies.
DOMICILE: AV. SANTA FE 1860, BARRIO NORTE
If you are an avid reader and are not satisfied with the news table or the best sellers list, Eterna Cadencia is your place of destination in Buenos Aires. Located in an old recycled house in Palermo, this bookstore has become a model of Argentine literature in less than a decade. The omnipresent wood in shelves that get to the ceiling is the best scenery to give in to exploration of thousands of copies. Served by professional librarians, even the most disorientated visitors will find their ideal book. Let yourself be tempted by unprecedented titles and authors from the independent publishing house catalog, one of the specialties of this place. If you wish to have a rest, the bookstore has a bar serving fresh meals, cafeteria and a bartender who prepares delicious drinks.
DOMICILE: HONDURAS 5574, PALERMO
If you are a history fan and you are more interested by the old classics of Buenos Aires, Clásica y Moderna is your ideal bookstore. Its shelves contain a part of the cultural history of the city. Not long ago, the most influential writers, thinkers and politicians of the country used to gather there. Located on Callao, a few meters away from Cordoba, it was funded in 1938, and that's where its relationship with the past comes from. Nowadays, besides the intellectual richness, there is a cafeteria and it offers musical shows and theater plays. You can look for Argentine literature of the 20th Century: you will find titles and names far away Borges, Bioy or Cortázar. Everything to be discovered.
DOMICILE: AV. CALLAO 892, BARRIO NORTE
BY CECILIA ACUÑA
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