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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 artistic display for books

Have you ever been on a gala night to one of those theaters with balconies full with people? The Ateneo Splendid on Santa Fe is just this, but full with books! The atmosphere is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Barranquilla, Colombia
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Barranquilla, Colombia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Have you ever been on a gala night to one of those theaters with balconies full with people? The Ateneo Splendid on Santa Fe is just this, but full with books! The atmosphere is great. Many books mainly in spanish, name the subject, DVDs. Borge's short stories weren't available , only on complete works which was not the point. The... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a treasure for both book and theatre lovers and one of the places I most wanted to experience while in Buenos Aires. I was not disappointed. The turn of the century theatre has been transformed into a multi-level book store. One can sit in the former box seats and read....The stage has been turned into a restaurant and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Not only a bookstore. it is a magnificant bookstore. we really liked the atmosphere there. you should visit and take a picture from the top level. a coffee on the stage will be really great :)

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I had seen photos of El Ateneo, but I was not prepared for the beauty of this place! Local people will milling around as they browsed for books, but I was in such awe, I couldn't concentrate on anything except the beautiful setting. Do not miss this if you visit Buenos Aires!

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Arica, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I am a bookworm, I should say first of all. Book stores are likely my favorite places to be. That being said, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the most gorgeous book stores I've ever been in! The books are pretty pricey, but that's pretty normal for book stores in Buenos Aires from what I've seen (excluing the cartoneros... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

You have all sorts of books and you can have a coffee while browsing the books you like. I loved it because the book store is located in the premises of what used to be theater/cinema. The cafeteria is on the stage. If you want to take home a book with the best pictures of Argentine provinces and touristic attractions,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Absolutely stunning. Great place to spend a few hours. Hard to leave :) Will definitely return. Loved taking my kids to see. My 4yo thought it was awesome.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The architectural beauty and the perfect use of environments, make this a must see place in Buenos Aires. Here you can breathe the air of ancient cultural capital of Latin America

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Buenos aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This place used to be a theater and has beautiful paintings on the Ceiling that was made to Conmmemorate the end of the World War I . The red carpet, the stairs all the ambiance is quite akward for a bookshop. In the back there is a cofee shop. Children area is downstairs. The most beautifil thing about visiting this... More 

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jorgetess
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Visit this bookstore even if you don´t plan to buy any books! Impressive architecture and interior design + relaxed atmosphere to read while having a coffee.

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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.