In my opinion, Palermo is packed with little cafes on practically every corner, many of which serve a great cup f coffee and a quiet place to read a book: there are a good few of gems around our Spanish school.
We asked our students what they have to say about this:
Aaron, from New Zealand
"My personal favourite based mostly on its location is the Crisol Café on Plaza Güemes. Not only does this café have some really good café (and some pretty cheap breakfast/latte combinations), it is also bright and welcoming with full wall windows that let in plenty of light. And if you manage to get a seat near the window, you will have a pretty view across the plaza to the Basilica Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe ―a pretty impressive piece of architecture".
Lily, from the UK
"I actually need to work at the café I choose, as the WiFi connection at my hostel isn't very good. After some research, I definitely prefer FiFi Almacén because of its WiFi".
Magali & Marlon, de Brasil
"A nosotros nos gusta el Café Cortázar, por su ubicación y porque lleva el nombre de uno de los escritores argentinos que más nos gusta".
In Buenos Aires there are as many options as you can think of as regards coffeeshops. Yet, if reading is your only goal, your best option may be to head down one of the many parks the city has to offer. Become a real local and bring your thermos and mate, and enjoy watching the dogs out to play.