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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores...

Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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It is a touch of genius what they have done with a hundred years old theater. They keep it intact but use all the available space to provide culture. Can you imagine a grand early... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ruben1945
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Orangeburg, South Carolina

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a touch of genius what they have done with a hundred years old theater. They keep it intact but use all the available space to provide culture. Can you imagine a grand early 20th century theater building turn into a Book, records, video and all kind of electronic gadgets store? The stage was turned into a cafeteria, basement... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this place, there are a lot of books and it was a Theatre in the past where Gardel sang Tango songs. It's a unique place, you can spend hours there. The scenario is a Coffee shop and there are many chairs to see your favorite books!

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Thank MaridayZurbaran
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have done an amazing job of taking care of this place and its paintings. After walking around and taking it all in, you can sit down and have a coffee on-stage. No online bookstore will make you feel like this!

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Thank galtman
Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

loved this place the service is fast and professional and the books you can buy are very good too so thanks

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Thank Robert G
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a fantastic idea whom decided to merge a library with a theatre. The cafe inside is good, with fair prices. The room is exactly where the stage is located. Nice experience.

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Thank Carlos M
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place was a theater and was turned into a magnificent bookstore, which was many times listed among the most beautiful bookstores in the world (I don't know about the world but definitely the most beautiful in BA). To complete the scene it's got a reading section on the former stage with a cafe.

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Thank Leisho
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Once a magnificent theatre, today a luxurious, unparalleled bookstore poised in the heart of a Buenos Aires. Come in, pick whichever book you fancy , take a seat and dream.... You'll be most welcome here and once you have made your choice or just browsed through a few pages visit the bustling café within the building This bookstore is one... More 

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Thank Tess006
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like to find that "special gem" in the city while you are discovering a city, this is your place!! A huge bookstore located in a beautiful (ex) theater. The cofee shop is located where the stage was... You can feel the magic to be in a special place.

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Thank Martin R
Argentina
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Books from very different disciplines, authors and printing houses... and a marvelous old building, restored to host a cafe and bookstore. They also host talks by writers and intellectuals, from Argentina and other parts of the world.

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Thank Senina
Buenos Aires
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This bookshop ain't everyday's bookshop. It is a trip to a wonderful world, back in time. The building belonged to a famous and glamorous cinema, called the "Grand Splendid", opened in 1919. It is difficult to explain with words, what it feels like, to be surrounded by thousends of books in such an amaizing place. If you happen to be... More 

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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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