6 places for people who love to read

Leonor Macedo

Published October 2019

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Real Gabinete Português de Leitura
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

No, you’re not in Hogwarts or any other movie location. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura was inaugurated over 180 years ago and its collection of 350,000 items contains some relics of Portuguese literature. One of them is the manuscript of the 1861 book Amor de Perdição by Camilo Castelo Branco.

Rua Luís de Camões, 30


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Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango
Bogotá, Colombia

The most important public library in Colombia is an old friend of locals’. Throughout its 60 years, many have consulted its rich collection containing over 1.5 million items or frequented its study rooms. But the place is not just about reading: the cultural complex, frequented by 5,000 people each day, hosts concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and congresses.

Calle 11, 4-14


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Café Brasilero
Montevideo, Uruguay

Perhaps Café Brasilero goes unnoticed by those rushing through the Montevideo city center, but behind its wooden doors you’ll find tables and chairs that have welcomed some of the most important Uruguayan writers and poets. In business for 142 years, this coffee shop was one of the favorite places of writer Eduardo Galeano, for example. It’s worth a visit: coffee might just be the secret to becoming a master of words.

Ituzaingó, 1.447


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Boston Public Library
Boston, United States

A collection containing 23 million books, photos, and historical documents. It’s a paradise for anyone who loves to get lost in texts and images, but the Boston Public Library offers more than that. The place’s architecture is breathtaking, and you can spend hours in the garden, getting inspired, writing, reading, or just contemplating.

Boylston Street, 700


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El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you’ve ever seen a list of the most beautiful libraries in the world, El Ateneo Grand Splendid was definitely on it. The shelves containing books, movies, and other items are installed where once were the chairs and galleries of a theater, built in the early 1910s. The old stage is now a coffee shop, to feel like a true artist while having a medialuna.

Avenida Santa Fe, 1860


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Casa Museo La Sebastiana
Valparaíso, Chile

How many of Chilean author Pablo Neruda’s books and poetries were written in La Sebastiana, his home in the coastal city of Valparaíso? The inspiring 5-story structure, filled with windows overlooking the Pacific, was turned into a museum containing objects that retell the poet’s life.

Calle Ferrari, 692


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