Buenos Aires is officially the bookstore capital of the world, with more places to purchase a paperback per capita than anywhere else on the planet. The Argentine love of books is due to a number of reasons, including an influx of well-read European immigrants in the late 19th century, a hugely beneficial tax exemption on literature, and a reluctance to purchase books online or adopt electronic reading devices. But not all bookshops are created equal, so read on to learn about the best nine bookstores the city has to offer.
A great place to shop for the true literature lover, Libros del Pasaje in the upper-class Palermo district is also a great place to hang out. This large spacious store has a huge variety, with books stacked all the way up to the ceiling, the highest of which need a ladder to be reached. A lot of people come here for the café, which is positioned in a central patio surrounded by bookshelves and serves great food and coffee for reasonable prices. Weekly presentations by local authors is just another reason it remains a favorite for local bookworms.
The warm and homely atmosphere at Eterna Cadencia is as much of a draw as the books themselves. With a living room area that feels just like home, plenty of comfortable couches, armchairs, and reading tables, plus friendly attentive staff, it’s the perfect place to while away the afternoon. A fancy restaurant and bar in its central courtyard and regular literature events just add to the appeal.
Located on Avenida Corrientes, Zivals just might be one of the most well-organized bookstores in the city. Everything here can be found in its right place, including a large collection of sophisticated books and a long row of tango CDs, which are especially popular with the tourists.