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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Address: Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4813-6052
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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miami, us
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

book shop in antique theater.......my favorite place in buenos aires. books at good prices. expensive coffee but in an incredible enviroment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Stunning old theatre who's setting perfectly complements a bookstore - the theatre manages to evoke the charm and romance of books. Worth visiting if only to pop up to the third floor and take in the view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The library is beautiful with a nice coffee shop in the background. The bookstore have a giant arsenal of books.

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

What a conversion from opera house to book shop extraordinaire! El Ateneo is a sign to behold -- if they had more English titles, we might still be there. Coffeehouse/snack bar conveniently located on the original stage.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A very unique bookstore, a must see in Buenos Aires. They have a nice selection but whats nice is the fact that it's in an old theater.

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Mairiporã, São Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

One most go for the wonderful space, the balconies and stairs. A coffee and an empanada at the proscenium is something worth it. But if you are not a Spanish reader, don't intend to buy anything: there's only a small space dedicated to other languages (English only).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Waouw, what a beautiful place ! This old theater has a great new life into a big library. If you are near this place, take a break there.

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Bern
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

While enjoying a lunch you are allowed to bring the books with you and read. Eating and reading being seated on a former stage with looking at the theater balconys gives a special feeling.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This beautiful book store was once a Theatre and is soo beautiful. Pop in for a quick look and have coffee on the old stage :)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This place is amazing. The interior architecture is gorgeous, and you can find all types of books - most of them are in Spanish :) There's also a cafe in the Ateneo, where you can order some good coffee and read!

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