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Local Experts: Buenos Aires, Matt Chesterton

By Local Expert Matt Chesterton

Top Bookstores in Buenos Aires

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Walrus Books

Walrus Books

The best kind of used bookstore, which is to say a big pile of books behind which walls, doors, and other furnishings can be dimly if only occasionally perceived. Uniquely for Buenos Aires, all books are English-language and the selection is superb. Check out the excellent schedule of literary workshops, run by well-known expat writers like Stephen Phelan.

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Zivals

Zivals

Most of the bookstores flanking the downtown stretch of Avenida Corrientes look like they could fall over at any moment. Zivals is the exception that proves the rule; a handsome, well-organized space stocking an eclectic, if fairly highbrow, range of books. Most tourists make a beeline for the CD shelves, stacked with the city’s best tango selection.

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Regularly named among the world’s most beautiful bookstores, this century-old former theater is worth a visit even if you haven’t picked up a book since high school. Much of the splendid grandeur of the Grand Splendid has been preserved, from the ornate gilded tiers to the painted cupola to the thick velvet curtains now draped above the café. 

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Dain Usina Cultural

Dain Usina Cultural

Is this relatively new place in Palermo Viejo a bookstore with a bar attached or vice versa? It doesn’t really matter. Browse the shelves stacked with handsome hardbacks, gatecrash a book launch, or climb up to the lovely rooftop terrace for a cocktail or snack. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a good live music program too.

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Libros del Pasaje

Libros del Pasaje

It is unclear whether any books actually get sold in this hip Palermo hangout. Most people haul them to the café, read them over a cortado or two, and then return them to the shelves. (It’s probably a good business model.) Be sure to scout around the tables near the entrance, which are stacked with travel and restaurant guides from the quirky end of the spectrum.


Visit the Top Bookstores in Buenos Aires

Libros del Pasaje
Thames 1762 (esq. Russel), C1414DDJ Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
9.2/10

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Dain Usina Cultural
Nicaragua 4899, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
8.1/10

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Av. Santa Fe 1860 (e/ Av. Callao & Riobamba), 1123 Recoleta, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
9.5/10

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Zivals
Av. Corrientes 1800 (esq. Av. Callao), Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
6.5/10

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Walrus Books
Estados Unidos 617 (e/ Chacabuco y Perú), 1098 Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
8.1/10

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