Spread over three floors with books of every genre neatly categorized and ordered, book lovers will be in their element at Livraria Cultura. A narrow corridor winds around in a spiral from the ground floor to the third floor, with heaving shelves of books curving along with it. Browse through the many sections, take your pick, and settle down into a bean bag or squidgy chair to flick through before deciding whether to buy or not. Nearly all the genres have some English titles, yet simply head to the Foreign Literature section to find a trove of books in English. Most of the young staff speak English well and are happy to help.
Rio is rarely about the obvious, as this small and discreet bookstore in one of the city’s most thriving neighborhoods shows. Tucked in between two large buildings on a small, quiet street, Livraria Bolivar is easy to miss. Inside, though, the bookstore has a wealth of literature ranging from classic novels to modern fictions and biographies, in addition to sporadic book release events and book signings. It also has an extensive collection of books in English that should satisfy any preference that you may have.
This chain of bookstores has several branches across Rio de Janeiro and keeps its finger on the pulse with the newest releases in the literature world across the globe. It also stocks classic literature and has books representing almost all the genres possible. The collection of English books is extensive and it’s almost guaranteed that the best sellers and highest ranked books globally will be available in both English and Portuguese. Pick the book you want and head over to the café inside for a smooth, frothy coffee and some quiet, relaxing reading time.
Jamer Books and Things
Jamer Books and Things fills the need for English books and distributes only books that it imports from the U.S.A. and the U.K. From children’s books to adult novels and non-fictions, Jamer Books and Things covers a huge range of genres and is stocked with the latest deliveries. The best part of this bookstore is that books can be ordered online and delivered to addresses throughout Rio de Janeiro within a couple of days in most cases, ideal for those staying in the city on short trips.
Livraria da Travessa
A homely blend of a gourmet café and well-stocked bookstore make for a tranquil and pleasing atmosphere at Livraria da Travessa. In addition to an extensive list of book titles, there is a solid collection of English literature that covers both fiction and non-fiction. The food in the café includes smooth coffees, rich wines, and rustic lunch options, such as hearty sandwiches and creamy pasta dishes. There are also several DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks available and they come in several languages, including English.
Founded in 1985, SBS Livraria now has over 100,000 registered clients and more than 50 bookstores throughout Brazil. The bookstore focuses on providing books within the science, technical, and professional genre, and granting availability to these in several languages including English. For those who shy away from fiction and favor something factual to get their teeth into, SBS Livraria is ideal.