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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 80 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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Buenos Aires
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78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires. Housed in a beautifully restored old theatre which opened in 1919, this is a truly unique experience. Browse the many books and perhaps relax in an armchair for reading in one of the original private boxes. Or go up on stage for the café offering light snacks, pastries, tea... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
37 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Maybe I'm simply getting old, but trying to find someone to help me find a specific book was one of the most annoying experiences I've had on this visit to Buenos Aires. If you're in the neighborhood, by all means stop in to take tourist photos. If you need a book and service, I would try other bookstores first, as... More

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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

I was recommended to visit this theatre turned bookshop on the Santa Fe road in Buenos Aires. I later found out that the theatre had first been changed into a cinema before finally becoming the immense book shop that it is today. A visit to simply look at the architecture is really worth it. The building is stunning inside with... More

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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Little bit small than I read guidebook ! Still be worth to visit !no wifi here!!but u can still connect a free one on basement floor!!

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Sao Paulo
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

For the ones who like a traditional bookstore that sells mostly books (and not all the fancy technological stuff) and allows the customer to just be in peace reading. The place is extroardinay, historical as well. Even in my short stay at Buenos Aires I went there twice. Coffees and restrooms are also available.

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Campinas, SP
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

The book store is amazing, since its an old theater turned into a store. However there are few titles by genre compared to Fnac or similars. Its definetely worth the visit.

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Medellin, Colombia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Dubai
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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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