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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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Not only for book buffs

If ever digitalization make books disappear, this may (or should) remain as the only bookstore on the planet. It is a monument to the era of the printed page.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

If ever digitalization make books disappear, this may (or should) remain as the only bookstore on the planet. It is a monument to the era of the printed page.

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La Serena, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My Daughter wanted to spend her 15th birthday at this book store and so we did, beautiful place, an old Theater turned into a book store, you can read books or you can buy them. Also music (CD's and DVD's no vinyls). A great place to spend a day with the family.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I love a bookstore, even a cramped, dingy bookstore, so you can imagine my joy when I entered this beautiful bookstore! It is the creme de la bookstore creme. The building is a true architectural gem in and of itself--an old theater that has been restored and repurposed. Even if you don't speak/read Spanish and don't want to buy a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you are a book lover or architecture geek, don't miss this. It's within walking distance of other sites, so it's easy to work into an itinerary. Enormous book selection (in Spanish, obviously).

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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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Hobart, Australia
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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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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Paarl, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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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.
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