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Boutique del Libro – Bookstore and Cafe

Buenos Aires, a city of book lovers

Boutique del Libro Bookshop - Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires

As one of the most literate cities on the planet, Buenos Aires will not disappoint a book lover. You can spend hours just browsing through the stacks and shelves of novels, academic theses, art and photography collections, and poetry anthologies in shops across the city here. Of course Buenos Aires is best for book-shopping if you read Spanish, or don’t mind captions in Spanish, but most places do also have an English-language selection.

One very attractive and alluring bookstore in Buenos Aires is the Boutique del Libro, a combined bookshop and café tucked away in the streets of Palermo Soho.

Boutique del Libro: Unsurprisingly, full of books

Indulge the bookworm inside you at Boutique del Libro

Boutique del Libro is the kind of bookstore that makes you hold your breath in awe as you walk past the shelves full of enough books to satisfy any intellectual thirst. If you want to find art, photography, or design collections, especially ones that are specific to Argentina, this is a great place to look. Boutique del Libro also boasts a pretty decent collection of English-language classics and new novels, which are located by the front window. They also have a small collection of CDs by Argentine and international musicians.

The bookstore staff are friendly and happy to point you in the right direction to help you find a book. Everything is well-labeled by section, so you can always just go straight to a specific category and peruse. The bookstore is usually filled with foreigners and locals alike, enjoying the atmosphere and lounging around in the café.

Look smart with a novel by Borges or Isabel Allende

The café is an ideal spot for quiet reflection with a recently-purchased book, or if you need to get some studying done. There is free wireless internet so you can read your emails in this high-ceilinged, spacious area. The décor is tasteful: large white-and-beige modern style paintings adorn the muted walls, and the furniture is a mix of antique low-slung patio chairs and sturdy wooden seats. Each table is creatively topped by a miniature cactus plant. You’ll find yourself among people happily lost in a novel, or in thought, or in their studies.

Lounging around in the Boutique del Libro cafe / bookshop

Maybe just a coffee or tea in the café: it’s better for mood than food

If you’re on a budget, it’s probably best not to come to Palermo Soho hungry, because by Argentine standards places like Boutique del Libro are overcharging for their food and drinks. The Boutique offers standard fare such as steak sandwiches, salads, baked chicken, hamburgers, and tostadas, which are grilled-cheese sandwiches (usually jamon y queso – ham and cheese). It’s got an espresso bar and alcoholic drinks.

Boutique del Libro is actually a chain in Argentina, but the Palermo location has a special air of sophistication that is worth checking out. If you are a book lover you will understand the aura that radiates from a really good bookstore. Come here just to see the place and admire the simple decoration in the café, or to get some reading material in either Spanish or English. And while you’re in the area, across the way you’ll also find a very cool store called Objetos Encontrados, full of interesting antiques, toys and other random stuff.

So, in an afternoon of strolling or shopping in Palermo Soho, it’s definitely worth your time to visit Boutique del Libro, even if just for a look or a quick coffee with some cookies. And if you are actually in the market for books, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the variety of their selection.

Cafe and bookstore life come together

Location of Boutique del Libro Bookstore and Cafe

Thames 1762, between Costa Rica & El Salvador, Palermo Soho

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4 Responses to “Boutique del Libro – Bookstore and Cafe”

  1. Marce on July 7th, 2007 6:51 pm

    I love the atmosphere of this bookstore, but in terms of prices, they tend to overcharge. I felt like an idiot when I bought 2 books there for 30 something pesos each and then checked out Tematika (the website of the Ateneo and Yenny chains) and realized they were 10 pesos cheaper there. So I might go again to get ideas for things to buy and maybe have a coffee since I live closeby, but to buy stuff, I´ll stick to the Ateneo on Sta. Fe.

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  2. Alan Patrick on July 7th, 2007 6:59 pm

    Hey Marce!

    Yeah, I guess the prices both in terms of food and drinks and their books are expensive… maybe down to the location?

    El Ateneo, now that’s a fantastic bookshop… love that building. Hopefully we’ll get it reviewed on this blog soon. :)

    Alan

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  3. exnat on July 9th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Hey Rachel,

    Nice meeting you the other night.

    This is my favorite coffee shop in the neighborhood by far. Luckily they let you check their books out to read while eating your overpriced food.

    Insider secret: Order the chicken salad, not the chicken sandwich. The salad is cheaper, has more, and comes with bread so you can make your own sandwich. Zing!

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  4. Alan Patrick on July 11th, 2007 7:53 pm

    Hey Nathan,

    That sounds like a great tip on the chicken sandwich / salad front. I would guess that could be applied in many places in Buenos Aires :)

    Cheers,

    Alan

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