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Bookshop Travessa Rio de Janeiro

It was 1975 when the Cariocas get this bookstore whose name appeared to be a curious vague allusion to the Cold War, Sartre, or the military dictatorship: Wall (Travessa). Right in the middle of Ipanema, the stronghold memory of bossa nova (with Vinicius and Tom still present), the scene of political activism, fashion, avant-garde art and counterculture, was there, and Travessa was elected as meeting place for the political discussion.

The poets of the so called ‘poesia marginal’ made it their special place for recitals and performances. Their handmade books circulated only there (pure rarities nowdays). The Travessa libraries are spread all over the city; the one located in Ipanema and Leblon also feature an extremely pleasant café, with some good cold dish (the carpaccio is pretty good).

Centro – CCBB
Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 térreo – (21) 38082066
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 21h pm.

Centro – Ouvidor
Travessa do Ouvidor, 17 – (21) 25050400
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 19 pm.

Centro – Rio Branco
Av. Rio Branco, 44 – (21) 25199000
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 19 pm.

Centro – 7 de Setembro
Rua 7 de Setembro, 54 – (21) 32318015
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 20 pm. Saturday from 9 am to 14 pm.

Ipanema
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 572 – (21) 32059002
Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 24 pm. Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 24 pm.

Shopping Leblon
Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 – loja 205 A – (21) 31389600
Opening hours: From Monday to Thursday 10 am to 23 pm. Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 24 pm. Sunday and Holidays from 12 am to 23 pm.

Shopping Barra
Av. das Américas, 4.666 – nível américas loja 220 – (21) 24308100
Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 23 pm. Sunday and Holidays from 12 am to 22 pm.

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