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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Recoleta)
11-4813-4154
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Ranked #1 of 74 shopping in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
Description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Medellin, Colombia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have seen many bookshops in different cities around the world, but El Ateneo Grand Splendid is definitely the most beautiful of them all. A former theater turned into a bookshop, it also has a good selection of books from all the main Spanish publishers. A must-see for book lovers!

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Timbó SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

That's a place that you NEED to visit. For those who likes reading, be sure it's your place! Could stay hours right there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is the most beautiful bookstore I've ever seen. Unique layout. I definitely recommend a visit if you are in Buenos Aires.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

This place is definitely worth a look. Didn't try the café but went in for a look around while we were in the area and absolutely loved it!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Being a booklover I knew I wasn't going to visit Buenos Aires without seeing El Ateneo. Whilst essentially all of the books etc. were in Spanish, it was well worth the 15-20 min walk from our hotel just to soak in the atmosphere and admire the architecture. Would definitely consider popping back to give the Cafe a visit!

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This must be the most decorative book store that we have ever eaten in! We remember it from our first visit 8 years ago and have been here twice already on this trip. Basically we come here for coffee and to soak in the ambience, today we also shared one of their delectable (but heavy) solid chocolate cakes with a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The El Ateneo bookstore is arguably the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Built in a former theatre, this place emits history. There is also a bar/ restaurant in the back that serves good drinks and some food. When we went there was live music playing (piano). I bought Oscar Wilde;'s "The Importance of being Earnest" in Spanish for my... More

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

The biggest most amazing bookstore i've ever seen! You can find everything You look for, also excellent prices!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

With bookstores becoming a relic of the past walking into the El Ateneo in Buenos Aires was a real treat. The building is a former theater house - think stage productions not multiplex - and books are housed on the main floor and balconies. Stage is used as a cafe. Lovely!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The rave reviews are right, this place has to be seen, it is the loveliest bookshop I have ever seen, even more beautiful than the Pablo Ferrando building in old Montevideo. If you have picked up an interest in Argentina's history, you can get the books you need to read here, including books in English. Plan your morning coffee or... More

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