Despite Kindle and e-books, travelers still like to possess and read hardcovers and paperbacks—and printed travel guides, in particular, are regarded as essential for many tourists. For those going to Quito, Ecuador, either for a long or short visit, Culture Trip provides a list of the best English-language bookstores in town, going from used to fresh-from-the-printing press new.
The English Bookshop, on Calama and Diego y Almagro, not only sells secondhand books but also rents them out at a small price. Although the interior is modest, it serves as a popular conversational hangout for travelers, expatriates, and English-speaking locals, with proprietor Mark Andrew Halton always ready to brew authentic English tea. Clean and well-organized, it has a particularly useful selection of travel literature.