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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores...

Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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So Glad it isn't a parking lot.

Unfortunately so many of these marvelous old theatres in the USA have been torn down to make parking lots. What a joy to see one turned into a great bookstore. Thank you, Buenos... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unfortunately so many of these marvelous old theatres in the USA have been torn down to make parking lots. What a joy to see one turned into a great bookstore. Thank you, Buenos Aires.

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Thank Donald Z
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a unique place - what great imagination to convert a derelict theatre into an amazing bookstore! All the original features are still there and you are "enveloped" in an auditorium full of books. The theatre boxes to the side of the stage have been converted into individual reading rooms while the stage has become a coffee shop and meeting... More 

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Thank stella k
Perth
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A stunning building renovated into a 3 level book store, filled with Spanish language books, DVDs and some Cd's. There's a cafe at the rear where the theatre stage used to be, and it has a lovely aspect of the store where you can sit and people watch and take it all in, The cafe sells food, drinks and coffee.... More 

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Thank ACPPerth
Melbourne
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this beautiful old theatre which is now a bookstore. Upon entering all we could say was "How Beautiful.. 3 floors of books plus a children's section downstairs. We discovered that they had a small section of English reading books. It has been lovingly restored & such a wonderful couple of hours we spent here. We had afternoon... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A nice place, great for a short visit. Maybe not all that it's hyped out to be. But really beautiful.

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is a touch of genius what they have done with a hundred years old theater. They keep it intact but use all the available space to provide culture. Can you imagine a grand early 20th century theater building turn into a Book, records, video and all kind of electronic gadgets store? The stage was turned into a cafeteria, basement... More 

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Thank Ruben1945
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place, there are a lot of books and it was a Theatre in the past where Gardel sang Tango songs. It's a unique place, you can spend hours there. The scenario is a Coffee shop and there are many chairs to see your favorite books!

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Thank MaridayZurbaran
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They have done an amazing job of taking care of this place and its paintings. After walking around and taking it all in, you can sit down and have a coffee on-stage. No online bookstore will make you feel like this!

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

loved this place the service is fast and professional and the books you can buy are very good too so thanks

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a fantastic idea whom decided to merge a library with a theatre. The cafe inside is good, with fair prices. The room is exactly where the stage is located. Nice experience.

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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.
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