10 November 2017

Buenos Aires bookstore

"...Buenos Aires has more bookshops per inhabitant than any other city in the world, according to a recent study by the World Cities Culture Forum.

With a population of around 2.8 million, Buenos Aires has at least 734 bookstores – roughly 25 bookshops for every 100,000 inhabitants. Worldwide, only Hong Kong comes close, with 22 bookshops per 100,000, followed by Madrid in a distant third with just 16 and compared to a mere 10 bookshops for every 100,000 for London...

...opened as a theatre in 1919 and converted into a giant bookstore 15 years ago, the Grand Splendid still boasts the beautiful ceiling frescoes painted by an Italian artist almost a century ago. Around 1 million customers visit it each year to browse through its gargantuan 21,000 square feet showroom, or withdraw into one of the old theatre boxes perched for a leisurely read."
More pix of the bookstore.


  1. Replies
    1. Wikipedia: In the census of 2010 there were 2,891,082 people residing in the city. The population of Greater Buenos Aires was 13,147,638 according to 2010 census data

  2. Berkeley has a 99¢ store in an old theater, it's not not done well but the details still take you aback. http://www.berkeleyside.com/2015/01/02/how-quirky-is-berkeley-the-former-rivoli-theatre/

  3. just wait until buenos aires gets internet. the same thing will happen to the book stores there, as elsewhere.



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