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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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It's a very beautiful library

The building is just amazing. It's an very very architectonic old teathre, if you appreciate the architecture you will love this place. You can sit down and read the books that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The building is just amazing. It's an very very architectonic old teathre, if you appreciate the architecture you will love this place. You can sit down and read the books that they have there for sale, and you also have a caffeteria in the back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This bookstore is worth seeing! Not only they have a very wide selection of titles, helpful but yet quite staff, but the building is simply breathtaking. Located in Santa Fe Av., in Recoleta, is safe place to walk by (but always pay attention to your belongings while inBA) and also to enjoy the shops around it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I never seen such a beautiful bookshop by now.For me it was one of the most impressive place of Buenos Aires.It surely worth visiting than visiting touristic monuments.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This building is within walking distance of the Recoleta Cemetery. It is a large bookstore set in what used to be a grand old theater. There is a cafe located on what used to be the stage.

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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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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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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

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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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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