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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Address: Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Recoleta)
Phone Number: 11-4813-4154
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Ranked #1 of 80 Shopping in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Shopping
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Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is a former theatre converted into a bookstore. The stage is a cafe and the balconies are areas where people can read. The entire place is absolutely stunning and you can go up to either the second or third floors for a view of the whole theatre and to admire the intricate details of the original theatre. There is... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

By now, if you've read the reviews, you know this is a former theater converted into a bookshop. It's beautiful. Really beautiful. Don't miss it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous, I've been there a couple of times now, I love getting a coffee and enjoying the view, you can take books and read them in the reading areas.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is one of my favorites places in Buenos Aires. A gorgeous old theater bilding, converted in book store. When you go up to the second or the third floors you can see the first floor wonderfully full of books. A nice bar at the old stage, cds and movies at the lowest level. Don't miss it!!!!

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

No visit to Buenos Aires can be complete without making a visit to the stupendous Ateneo bookshop in Av Santa Fé. For my visits, the books were 'props' rather than purpose, and the café was and excuse for tea rather than a reason. But this space is breathtaking. For this reason, you will need to take a friend. Enter from... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you have ever enjoyed strolling through a Bookstore then this place will blow your mind. Not only is the whole concept splendid but also the selection of books is really worth looking through. Excellent ambiance which made me so jealous of those locals that could just stroll in any day and have a relaxing reading session in the great... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I'm a books geek, and I love a good bookshop. I'd include Hatchard's of London and Powell's Books in Portland in any top-10 list, but this place is my absolute favourite. You just can't beat the setting in a beautiful old theatre. Having an (excellent) porteño coffee whilst thumbing through some prospective purchases (excellent selection of Spanish and English language... More

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Campo Bom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It was the highlight of my trip. It has amaxing book, and it is an amazing and beatiful place. I want to come back some day!

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

El Ateneo Grand Splendid was one of the reasons I visited Buenos Aires. I love books, as I do theatre ~ and this combined the best of both. Restored from the original theatre built in 1919, its ambience was dazzling across 2000 sq. metres.. I preferred it to Teatro Colon (but then, I didn't attend the opera there). I knew... More

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Buenos Aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires. Housed in a beautifully restored old theatre which opened in 1919, this is a truly unique experience. Browse the many books and perhaps relax in an armchair for reading in one of the original private boxes. Or go up on stage for the café offering light snacks, pastries, tea... More

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