Livraria da Travessa
Brazil's answer to Barnes and Noble, Livraria da Travessa, is the largest book store chain in the country. This spacious and welcoming outpost in the trendy Shopping Leblon mall hosts author readings with both Brazilian and international writers. The store features a substantial English language section and a number of stunning coffee table books on Brazil if you want to take home a momento. Despite being a corporate entity (and empoying track lighting as such), the crowded shelves lend more of a local haunt-feel, especially when you get to the kids' section.