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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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Address: Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4813-6052
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Description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular...
Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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The most beautiful bookstore I have ever visited

This bookshop is incredibly beautiful -- they won't have much reading material for you if you don't know some Spanish, but the theater-turned-bookstore is breathtaking. If you are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This bookshop is incredibly beautiful -- they won't have much reading material for you if you don't know some Spanish, but the theater-turned-bookstore is breathtaking. If you are in the area, don't skip the chance to check it out!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful bookstore. The cafe out back is a little expensive and the service was average but it was a great place to pass an afternoon and is definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A True Gem, not to be missed. This used to be a beautiful small opera style theater. Re opened as an amazing bookstore, the whole theater restored to its original magnificence. A special detail is to seat at the café which is on the old stage where actors performed. A fantastic place and of course a great collection of books... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This bookstore is huge and beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing it, but I think if you aren't planning to buy any books it's probably not worth going out of your way to see it. There are public restrooms though, which is really nice.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Take a look at the history of this place, and watch people reading in lodges. This was a belle epoque theatre, saved from demolition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is NOT TO BE MISSED. I've yet to see a book shop that comes close. It's just so romantic to have a book shop in a spectacular old theatre with theatre boxes, stage w velvet curtain and ceiling frescoes. I would love love love to visit again. A good selection of glossy books too though mostly in Spanish if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

It's a huge theater, with huge walls and beautiful piece of arts in the wall and rooft, but the books achievement is poor! You can drink a good coffee in the stage, very nice to relax =)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

When I was a kid, used to attend the Grand Splendid to watch movies. Now sadly, it become a bookstore. Mainly spanish publications. Visiting a bookstore, comparing to Barnes & Noble, considering Amazon in the picture, is a disappointment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

You can have a coffee and read any book for free. Book prices are a little more expensive than what you can get online but if you just want to see the place this is a great stop if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I didn't think it was even possible that there was such a book store. But then you just go and woooooow omg it's just like it looks on the internet and a hundred times better!! The old theater is mesmerizing by itself and having it populated with tidy shelves of books fits it completely. The cafe on the stage area... More 

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Address: Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4813-6052
Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Recoleta

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Characterized by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighborhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centered on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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