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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The building opened as a theatre called Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919 and since 2000 it works as a bookstore. Apart from any type of Argentinian and imported books you can also buy CDs and DVDs in here. Even if you are not interested in buying anything you should go just to see the painted ceiling and the architecture... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We shopped here very slowly and had an espresso too onstage:) Very cool and unique place. We purchased a Spanish version of Oliver twist that has lovely illustrations exclusive to El Ateneo.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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124 reviews 124 reviews
13 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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

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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110 reviews 110 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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