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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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Great place to relax , to read book and enjoy coffee overlooking hall from stage of this theatre :-)

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

Great place to relax , to read book and enjoy coffee overlooking hall from stage of this theatre :-)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

When the BBC did a travelog of Buenos Aires, this was the very first place in the city that was shown. This is rated the number one shopping facility in the city by TripAdvisor. Why? Because there never has been a bookstore like this in all the world. It must have been a magnificent theater in its day -- but... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

An old opera house that is now a book store. In reality it is a giant book store with a cafe set inside a very nice opera room. It is cool to see, but nothing too exiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

An old theater that turned into a bookstore. What a great place to stop and read or to get a coffee on the stage. The building is beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Didn't drop by for the books but they have a great selection of all genres mainly in Spanish, and the views from the balconies are stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Awesome, beautiful. Should not be missed. If you love books you've got to see this place. It is an old grand theater.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Biggest Bookstore in Argentina, set up inside a refurbished theater. A must see! Even if you dont read in spanish, it's worth the visit to see the setting.

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Buenos Aires
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Many years ago this was a cinema now changed into a beautiful and very complete library.You can choose abook and read there taking a coffe and if you are with children go downstairs because there is afloor only for children You can aso find videosImportant place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very unique experience. This bookstore is gorgeous. Definitely one of my top 5 attractions in Buenos Aires.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is the most beautiful bookshoop what I ever seen...Is not just a bookshop is a breathtaking place!

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