Call me a romantic or an outdated person, however, as practical and easy-to-use ebooks can be, I refuse to download them. There is nothing like the smell of an old book that has been stored for a time after you buy it. I enjoy seeing how, with the course of the days; it’s pages take a more yellowish color. However, what I enjoy the most is to get lost for hours in the ailes of bookstores, sit on the floor and leaf through books that have an exotic title or cover, reading a few of their lines and convince myself that it might be an excellent purchase. So, as New Year’s resolutions usually lead you to a little more reading, I took this opportunity to visit many bookstores and make a top 5 list of my favorite ones in Mexico City.
Even though Porrua is one of the most popular bookstores in Mexico, its flagship store in Chapultepec will amaze you. Some of its walls have been transformed into large windows that look into the beautiful landscape offered by the Bosque de Chapultepec. Although its café shop is not the best, the view to the lake is totally worth a visit. Due to it’s important reputation as a a big publishing house, you will find almost any Latin American title. Address: Paseo de la Reforma, 1st section of the Bosque de Chapultepec.
Libreria Rosario Castellanos
Firs opened in 2006, this bookstore has its own art gallery and a cinema that dates from 1940 which was renovated a couple of years ago known as the Nuevo Cine Lido. Because of its history and Mudejar style architecture -by Dutch architect Jan Hendrix- it is loved by locals. Its ceilings let the sunlight in and the whole place is beautifully lit, blowing your mind away. Address: Tamaulipas 202, Hipódromo Condesa.
La Increíble Librería
This bookstore is changing the perception that many people have about bookstores, as old and boring. It opened its doors in November 2016 and it is in charge of Alejandro Magallanes, an illustrator, and Selva Hernández, an editor. You will find books published by independent publishers or cult books by authors such as José Guadalupe Posadas or Dr. Atl, among others. They have recently opened their own coffee bar for those who can not wait to get home to read their new book. Address: Jalapa 129, Roma Norte.
Librería Alejandro Rossi
This bookstore is located inside one of the most beautiful libraries in the city, Biblioteca de México José Vasconcelos, so if this is the first time you visit the place, I suggest you go with time to explore and marvel the place.I can assure you, you will fall in love with it. It seems only logical that this bookstore has a great selection of titles. Its clean architecture plus some cozy seats offer you a great opportunity to stay and read for a few hours. Address: Tolsá 4, Centro.
Its location and old residence in the Roma district, captivates you. Here, you will find books of architecture, design, art and fashion. The space is in perfect harmony with the themes offered, so you will spend a good time between one book shelf and another. If not enough, you will have a great time browsing its shelves. In addition, you can enjoy other spaces for art and creativity as part of the Savvy Studio project. Address: Córdoba 25, Roma Norte.