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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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The building is beautiful. I walked around and took pictures but that's pretty much it. I would DEFINITELY stop by...if only for 10 minutes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The building is beautiful. I walked around and took pictures but that's pretty much it. I would DEFINITELY stop by...if only for 10 minutes.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area, take 10 minutes to peek into this old theater that has been converted to a bookstore. You will be glad you did!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The place is "Splendid". One can puirchase books of CDs or DVDs, or take a book to the table and eat during breakfast/brunch.Have not been to dinner. A wonderful way to relax mid-morning. Visit if you can.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

A beautiful theatre converted into a great book shop. The Porteños claim to have more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else on earth, and this has to be the best looking one. The stage and the boxes are cozy areas for reading, and everywhere els there are stacks of shelving for books of every kind. Don't expect many... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

What a great idea to transform an old theater in a book store! Once you get in, you feel transported. A very nice loange at the end of the place, makes your experience even better.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

it is a great library and at the same time you can have coffee and sometimes listen to good music in live

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Go there, even if it's for an hour! I go there on every trip to Buenos Aires, pick up a Borges book and spend an hour or so reading. It's never busy, it's beautiful and there's also a little cafe you can grab a coffee or bite to eat at. Located in Recoleta, easy to walk to or take the... More 

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São Paulo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What a great bookstore this is! The former theater has become one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. The stage and balconies are all there, as well as the beautiful chandeliers. You can have some coffee and chat on the 'stage', where there is a nice café now - provided you have lots of patience to wait until... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This place is classic and classy ! The negative point is that I was looking for cds of Putumayo and did not found them there. But the place is so beautiful and with so many options that I found what I was not searching for !!!

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Curitiba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, is well worth a visit, especially if you like books. It's part of the city's history and culture.

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Staying in 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.