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Livraria Ponte de Tábuas

Livraria Ponte de Tabuas, Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro

The coffeeshop inside this bookstore is run by the Brazilian restaurant Ateliê Culinário, so the food is fantastic. But I come for the terrific collection of books. The store is small and cozy and feels like a reading room. Sometimes I’ll lose myself for hours in an obscure art book and a glass of red wine—then I feel compelled to buy the book. I always run into people from the art and music worlds here. Rua Jardim Botânico 585, 55/(21) 2259-8686, pontedetabuas.com.br

As told to Heidi Mitchell. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue. See all of Batman Zavarese’s favorite places in Jardim Botânico.