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Best Books, Music & Movies in Buenos Aires

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After an exhaustive and careful restoration of this beautiful 1919 theater, the biggest bookstore in Latin America opened in what used to be the old Grand Splendid cinema. Without altering the old structure—twinned with the Opera de Paris theatre—it still has its original features and magnificent friezes, like the one on the spectacular dome. There is now a cafeteria in place of the stage, where you can read books taken from the bookshelves. There are also reading places on the corners of the main floor and in the old balconies on the first floor, furnished with tables and comfortable armchairs, computers for searching or online purchasing and an area dedicated to children, 'El Ateneo Junior', with interactive games and storytelling. There is also a small music stage, CDs and DVDs for sale, art exhibitions on the third floor and facilities for watching DVDs.

Buenos Aires may be renowned for its long literary history and is a city swimming in used books, but, for the monolingual traveler, finding some of the great books in English is more challenging than one might think. Walrus Books, located in San Telmo, has accumulated a great selection of used English-language books at reasonable prices. Run by a North American ex-pat and his wife, Walrus is a cozy, vibrant little shop where travelers or members of the huge English-speaking community living in Buenos Aires can stock up on reading fiction, travel guides, classics, and children’s books. Walrus also buys books, so stop there if you need to unload some weight before you leave town.

Zivals is a space for true literature lovers and music enthusiasts. With a grand collection of journals, bestsellers, novels and letters at the books section and an elaborate collection of the best classics from the world of music, in the music section; make Zivals one of the best places for those love to read and appreciate great symphonies.

A city filled with book worms, where do locals go to browse through shelves of novels, history, poetry, and art books? Unlike the massive bookstores throughout the city, Libros del Pasaje offers a more cozy, boutique feel where intellectuals spend hours perusing the vast collections and lounging on comfortable chairs. Even for those who struggle reading books in Spanish, Libros del Pasaje has a small selection of English books as well. Bring your laptop and take advantage of the free WiFi, sitting for hours in the covered patio. Order a coffee and a sandwich and you'll never want to leave.

If you're a coffee lover, an avid reader or a proud foodie, Dain Usina Cultural, is the place for you. The place is set in an ancient building, emitting a nostalgic vibe. Here there is an elaborate bookstore, a chirpy coffee shop and charming eatery known for its gourmet selection of dishes. Apart from this, the place also hosts a number of cultural and art exhibitions, making it one of the best places to have a casual interactive session with friends and loved ones.

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