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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Recoleta)
11-4813-4154
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Ranked #1 of 70 shopping in Buenos Aires
Type: Libraries
Description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I love book stores – and this is the magnificent that I've ever seen. An entire theatre was converted into this store. The atmosphere is wonderful and you easily spend a few hours here. A nice coffee shop is located on the former stage of the theatre. A very nice point of view, even though the food isn't that great... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

How creative to turn a lovely old theater that has gilded balconies into a book store instead of a parking lot. It's worth a visit to see it's loveliness. You can also have lunch or a coffee while sitting on the former stage. The books are all in Spanish but it is a charming place and I was glad to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

El Ateneo has a few stores, make sure that you go to the one at the corner of Av Santa Fe and Callao. This book store is set in an old theatre and apart from the appeal of its design, it does have a very wide collection of books and music. Do make a stop here during your time in... More

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Porto Alegre, RS
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Even if you don't like books much, this place is great! The amazing view of a large theater turned bookstore. Totally worth a visit!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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102 reviews 102 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Don´t miss, is something amazing. Wonderful, has everything you are looking for. You can spend a day there and won´t see everything!

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Mukilteo, Washington
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109 reviews 109 reviews
26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Amazing. Just to see the size of the place as well as the idea - a bookstore in an old theater. Didn't stay long, but it is worth a detour on your walk to see it.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

El Ateno is a wonderful theater turned into a book store. It is absolutely beautiful to see. I suggest having lunch on the stage, the food is quite good (although a little pricey). The English section of books is small and unimpressive, but if you like literature in Spanish then you'll want to buy every book! It's worth looking around.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This store is right on Santa Fe avenue, so the odds are good that you are going to be walking by it at some point anyway. How often in our lives are most of us going to have the chance to see a theatre that is converted into a book store?? It is a very cool old building with the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

take 30 mins to check it out. stroll around and grab a coffee at the bar located on the old stage. One of the most unique spots you'll ever see. Was surprised though that they sell almost no books in english! what a missed opportunity since they have close to a million ppl visiting this place each year!

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New York City, New York
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15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

It's great to experience all the bookstores in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo is really worth it for the space the bookstore inhabits. A converted movie theater, the store is organized quite well with tons of Spanish language books by category. The cafe is situated where the screen used to be and overall, the design is quite remarkable. Even if you... More

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