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The writer Jorge Luis Borges said that he had always imagined that “paradise would be some type of library…” or bookstore, especially if it is one of the bookstores in the Roma neighborhood, which in addition to being spaces where one of the best activities is encouraged. , which is to read, they also have facilities that are worth knowing.
Mexico City is a capital that has venues where the arts are promoted and also has dissemination spaces, which work to bring different entertainment options to the capital's residents, such as reading, one of the oldest and most valuable.
According to the National Chamber of the Mexican Publishing Industry (Caniem), in our country there are 2,700 bookstores, but it is the capital that has the highest average number of bookstores per inhabitant: one for every 16 thousand people.
Many of these bookstores located in Mexico City not only have extensive collections of titles, they also have facilities that invite you to enjoy the habit of reading.
The bookstores in the Roma neighborhood are spaces that are part of these statistics, where both adults and children can find works written by world-famous authors.
So that you can go and find your favorite book and discover new titles, we leave you a list of the bookstores that await you in one of the colonies with the greatest cultural and artistic atmosphere: Rome.
1. Forest House
Recognized as the “pioneer bookstore in the visual arts in the city,” Casa Bosques is a unique place where there are a large number of books and magazines written by Mexican authors and some others by foreign writers.
The distinctive feature of this site is that its shelves house many publications from the independent scene, on topics such as architecture, art, film, design, photography, music and fashion.
Within the walls of Casa Bosques, dissemination activities are also carried out, to publicize the work of writers, photographers and plastic artists, through talks and performance shows.
Córdoba #25, between Puebla and Chapultepec Avenue.
Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
One of the spaces most loved by the inhabitants of the Roma neighborhood, to satisfy their pleasure in reading, is the Urbe bookstore, since what is emblematic of its collection are the ancient, rare or texts that are already out of circulation in other bookstores.
This place also functions as a library, so that people can consult publications right there, without being forced to buy the books or magazines.
Its catalog of titles is made up of books that tell the history of Mexico, Mexican novels, science, art and law, among other disciplines that give life to the shelves of this place.
This is one of the bookstores in the Roma neighborhood where, in addition to having publications by Mexican authors, it is also possible to find works written in English, as it seeks to reach a larger sector of the capital's population.
San Luis Potosí #105, between Jalapa and Orizaba.
Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 19:00.
3. The incredible bookstore
The name of this site fits the bookstore like a glove, as it has more than five thousand texts on all topics, arranged in unique shelves that do nothing but fascinate anyone who enters.
Its collection is so special and complete that in 2017 it was recognized as the Best Bookstore in Mexico City, something that is no wonder considering the noble work of its creators: the illustrator Alejandro Magallanes and the editor Selva Hernández.
Any reading lover will be satisfied in this place, because it has works by independent authors that can hardly be found in the most commercial bookstore chains.
That's not all, The incredible bookstore also has first editions of notable authors such as Octavio Paz, as well as teaching materials for children and Mexican crafts that mix with its entire world of letters.
Jalapa #129, between Chihuahua and Guanajuato.
Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
4. Morgana Bookstore
Among the narrow corridors of this place, one of the most famous bookstores in the Roma neighborhood, it is possible to find titles so varied that any voracious reader leaves here happy.
Its origin dates back to the year 2000, when Clara Ferri decided to open a new space that promoted the habit of reading and disseminated all types of authors.
The main characteristic of this place is that it specializes in Italian literature, it already has a collection of almost 15 thousand copies of authors born in the “land of the boot”, such as Italo Calvino and Alessandro Baricco.
In addition to books, in Morgana it is possible to find records by Italian singer-songwriters, as well as various genres ranging from jazz to rock. And if that were not enough, film series and debates are organized in its spaces, which is why it has become a famous place in the Roma neighborhood.
Colima 143-A, between Mérida and Córdoba.
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Now you know, when you stay in Stanza, do not hesitate to visit one of these bookstores in the Roma neighborhood, it will be worth taking a few moments of your trip to find a book that you have wanted for a long time or simply discover a new author.
Stanza is a hotel that is located precisely in this Roma neighborhood, one of the most emblematic in Mexico City, because each street has a special touch, which is mainly due to its establishments that fill it with life.
These bookstores are a point of interest for any tourist, because they can find works written in Spanish and other languages, making it easier to return home with a valuable gift.