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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Address: Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4813-6052
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Ranked #1 of 103 Shopping in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Type: Architectural buildings, Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It used to be a theater, then a cinema, but could have been an opera house. Gilded trim, frescoed ceiling, the stage is now a cafe. An amazing selection of books--in Spanish. Only one small bookcase of paperback "airplane reading" in English. Go for the experience!

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Palo Alto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Ataneo is a grand, spacious place for books to be displayed. It's definitely one of the biggest bookstore I've ever seen, and also the most ornate. Walking in, you step up into what used to be a large performing arts venue. The main floor is split wide open by the staircase down to the music and children's section. The... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A converted grand old theatre houses a bookstore, that does not fail to amaze. If you're in the area shopping, be sure to check it out. In all honesty - I wouldn't have travelled across the whole city to see it, but since we were staying in the area, it was a definite attraction. There is an English section, as... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Visiting El Ateneo, grabbing a few books and taking them to the bistro at the bottom of the store for a pair of medialunas and some Cafe con Leche is one of the best (and quietest) experiences in town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Go have a look at this old theater they saved and now houses an amazing bookstore! And enjoy a limonada in the cafe.

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Chappaqua, New York, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Old theatre converted into a bookstore. Spent hours there even though there were very few English books.

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Regina, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Argentina has some great big and little bookstores. This one is worth going to just to see the great job they did of converting a former theatre to a bookstore, while keeping much of the original decor.

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State of Minas Gerais
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It's like an old theater turned into a bookstore but has much more that only books. Be ready to loose a few hours inside it.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Here the place to look for some books in spanish. An astonishing remodeled old theatre transformed into a nice bookstore with a coffeestore within. You can decide between the books you picked up while tasting a beverage and some snaks.

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Egham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This was a fabulous place, an amazing and huge bookshop with all books displayed in the circle, boxes and auditorium. The café was on what was the stage and was very nice. Service was quite slow. We both had hamburgers but waited ages for ketchup and had to ask three different waiters. They tasted nice though. Then we had a... More 

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