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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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Be careful! Thieves abound.

This stunning bookshop made for a great place to spend the afternoon leafing through books. However, whilst doing so in one of the big comfortable chairs that are scattered about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

This stunning bookshop made for a great place to spend the afternoon leafing through books. However, whilst doing so in one of the big comfortable chairs that are scattered about for this purpose, my handbag was stolen. Foolishly, I had felt really safe sitting under a security camera, opposite 2 security guards and in a welcoming store with a strong... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Architecture lovers... library, music, cafe!!! during the day or at night you can find many events :)

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting to visit, a theater and inside they have put a library, on a stage you can have a coffee

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Bethesda, Maryland, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

A theater converted into a bookstore, with a nice cafe. The books are all in Spanish, but the architecture is universal. Not to be missed.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

What a neat place to see. A neat idea for a book store - turning an old theater into a book store! It's absolutely beautiful inside. I didn't get to try the cafe on the stage, but I hear that it's a treat.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I used to live right around the corner from El Ateneo Grand Splendid,and often met friends here to chat over coffee. I never ceased to be amazed at it's beauty,nor it's fine collection of books. I always loved coming here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

An old theater transformed in a very big bookshop opened till 12Pm that Buenos Aires. Almost all the new books are here (pricey as all books in argentina). staff is very helpfull and friendly. A mustgo place in BsAs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Definitely worth a visit, very cool bookstore along a fun street. We certainly enjoyed taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and sitting down and reading a book about cats, yes, cats are very relaxing apparently. There is a nice cafe inside to add a little zip to your book browsing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you want to get in touch with your nerdy side, then this is a nice place to visit. It's a beautifully designed bookstore with a cafe. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it but still an interesting place.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

It is not only a library, it is a historical place!!! Amazing to visit. Do NOT miss it in your visit to Buenos Aires. If you like books, much better!!!!

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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.