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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 75 shopping in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
Description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Sao Paulo
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

For the ones who like a traditional bookstore that sells mostly books (and not all the fancy technological stuff) and allows the customer to just be in peace reading. The place is extroardinay, historical as well. Even in my short stay at Buenos Aires I went there twice. Coffees and restrooms are also available.

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Campinas, SP
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

The book store is amazing, since its an old theater turned into a store. However there are few titles by genre compared to Fnac or similars. Its definetely worth the visit.

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have seen many bookshops in different cities around the world, but El Ateneo Grand Splendid is definitely the most beautiful of them all. A former theater turned into a bookshop, it also has a good selection of books from all the main Spanish publishers. A must-see for book lovers!

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Timbó SC
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

That's a place that you NEED to visit. For those who likes reading, be sure it's your place! Could stay hours right there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is the most beautiful bookstore I've ever seen. Unique layout. I definitely recommend a visit if you are in Buenos Aires.

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

This place is definitely worth a look. Didn't try the café but went in for a look around while we were in the area and absolutely loved it!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Being a booklover I knew I wasn't going to visit Buenos Aires without seeing El Ateneo. Whilst essentially all of the books etc. were in Spanish, it was well worth the 15-20 min walk from our hotel just to soak in the atmosphere and admire the architecture. Would definitely consider popping back to give the Cafe a visit!

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This must be the most decorative book store that we have ever eaten in! We remember it from our first visit 8 years ago and have been here twice already on this trip. Basically we come here for coffee and to soak in the ambience, today we also shared one of their delectable (but heavy) solid chocolate cakes with a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The El Ateneo bookstore is arguably the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Built in a former theatre, this place emits history. There is also a bar/ restaurant in the back that serves good drinks and some food. When we went there was live music playing (piano). I bought Oscar Wilde;'s "The Importance of being Earnest" in Spanish for my... More

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

The biggest most amazing bookstore i've ever seen! You can find everything You look for, also excellent prices!

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