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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 bookshop I've seen

I love books and consequently bookstores and this one is quite something. An old theatre, it has been beautifully renovated and maintained. The ceiling is especially beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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brisbane australia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I love books and consequently bookstores and this one is quite something. An old theatre, it has been beautifully renovated and maintained. The ceiling is especially beautiful. Not sure I'd go too far out of my way to see it but I'm sure glad we were in the vicinity.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is one of the places you need to see in BA. On your way back from the cemetery of Recoleta, you can have a drink in this former theater converted in a library.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Wow... I know that I need to use 100 characters for this review, but there's really nothing left to say -- especially if you love books as much as we do. It's a theater entirely filled with books!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

very unique bookstore. definitely worth a visit during a stroll down avenida santa fe! lots of good shopping in the area.

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is considered the first bookshop in South America. Great selection of books and CD'S.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It was a theater long time ago and now you could buy books, enjoy a concert or having a coffee while you read. Great place if you are a book lover.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you like to immerse yourself in an old and classy movie theater converted to a beautiful bookstore, this is the place to go. It is a wonderful experience to share the porteños love for books. You will find few tourists here, all local crazy nerds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

They have a nice range of books and the place itself it is really beautiful. The prices are the same as the others libraries in the city

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

In a world where bookstores are disappearing, El Ateneo is thriving. Housed in an old theatre, it's a bibliophile instagrammer's dream come true. Don't rush out, there are many floors to browse and a cafe on the main stage to peruse your purchases over a coffee or two.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The bookshop is in an old theatre. It contains a wonderful selection of mostly Spanish language books, also some DVDs on the top floor and souvenirs on the ground floor. The nearest Subte station is Callao.

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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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Recoleta
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.