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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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Behind it's unassuming street facade is a very impressive bookshop fashioned from a pre existing theater. People actually sit in front balcony box seats reading, or enjoy coffee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Behind it's unassuming street facade is a very impressive bookshop fashioned from a pre existing theater. People actually sit in front balcony box seats reading, or enjoy coffee and pastries on the stage area cafe. For a book lover/theater goer, it's a dream come true! Sitting in the cafe area you can check out the antique backstage lighting board and... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, and it was an excellent place to sit in the cafe and catch up with our first Spanish teacher who now lives in Buenos Aires. And of course the book selection is good, too.

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Metairie, LA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Was once a theater but is now a huge bookstore with over a million books. There is actually a nice snack bar on the stage where we had coffee/tea and a pastry. Dome ceiling is still beautifully decorated. Worth a peak inside.

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Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Realy liked to see how they transformed a theatre in a book store! It is amaizing, the place is realy beautiful.

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Mariefred, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The architecture, the lay-out of the book shelves, the handpainting on the ceiling & the coffee shop.

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Hampshire, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Such an interesting place to visit. This huge bookshop was formerly a theatre. It is a very grand place with lots of spaces in which to sit and browse through a book, of which there are many. If you love books and old theatres, this place is a must.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Because it's a landmark, the cafe is a little bit overpriced, but it's a beautiful space and a terrific quiet place to read a book and relax off of busy Avenida Santa Fe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Too bad about the books. Argentina restricts the importation of books so anything not printed locally is thin on the ground...like art books, very disappointing. You can grab a coffee on the stage. It is a lovely space, worth a visit for ten minutes if you are in the Santa Fe neighbourhood.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The place is in a beatiful old theater. There´s the book shop and the cafe in there, but they were very expensive. Kinda of worthy it.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I totally agree this is a nice looking book shop, but the #1 thing to do in Buenos Aires? Not San Telmo, Recoleta Cemetery, tango, soccer, a steakhouse? Stop by this shop, but really it only takes 15 minutes to take in.

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