Coyoacán is Mexico City's bookstore capital. Used, new, commercial, underground: It has them all. But no other store has the aesthetic aptitude of the Centro Cultural Elena Garro. The massive space is in a renovated mansion, complete with a cafe serving coffee and treats in a garden. Browse 20,000 titles, including Mexican history tomes, best-selling novels, magazines, music and movies, as well as a wide selection of art books, comics and children's titles. The shop, named after the famed writer, is nestled along one of the many tree-lined streets of central Coyoacán. Grab a coffee and enjoy the sounds of the urracas as you relax on the palm-shaded terrace with your latest literary splurge.


A bookstore and cultural space in a renovated mansion.
For lit nerds, it doesn't get much more romantic than a bookstore with a garden and a nice cup of Veracruz coffee.
Fernández Leal 43, Colonia Barrio de la Conchita, Delegación Coyoacán, 04020
Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
The cultural center requests that visitors arrive by foot or bike so as not to distress the historic neighborhood.


By Megan Frye

Megan Frye is a professional vagabond who swears she's danced with the dead at the pyramids. She can usually be found eating her way around Mexico City. Tweet her about the food that makes you squeal at @fryechild.