Dive into books in this converted printing factory.
This former warehouse-turned-bookstore (translated to Read Slowly) is perhaps the only place where you can sip a glass of wine, snack on a cheese plate, and read just about any book you can imagine…at least in Portuguese. The English book section is slim, but you’re sure to find a few Saramagos and most certainly a translated Pessoa to accompany your wonderment at being in such a freaking cool space. A large white mobile hangs from the high ceilings, riding a bicycle and flapping her wings, which draws your eye upwards to the tower of book-filled shelves all around you, and the remains of the printing press at the center of the second floor. Surrounded by steel walkways and tables and chairs for an aerial view, the steampunk-looking press connects you to a side room that offers constantly rotating art exhibitions. This is legitimate bookstore porn, people, and reason enough to walk through the hip alleyways of the LX Factory in Alcântara. For former New Yorkers, this place feels like home, and as a weary traveler with a penchant for a good book, you can’t beat it.