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“The Most Beautiful Bookstore I've Seen” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Ateneo Grand Splendid

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4813-6052
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Ranked #1 of 106 Shopping in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
Toronto, Canada
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“The Most Beautiful Bookstore I've Seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

It really is worth a visit. Visitors should note that there is a café inside as well. The postcard selection could be much better, but that's a systemic problem in BA.

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“Books in a theatre - different!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This was the most bizarre experience ever. A book store housed in what had been a theatre. Every nook and cranny of that theatre was used to display the books and what had been the stage has now been turned into a cafe. No one seemed to mind that we had just come into look around and take photos. Nor did they mind that we rode the escalator (twice) up and down from the kids section just so that we could get a fantastic photo. If you're strolling down Santa Fe - definitely go in for a look

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“Read in a Balcony Seat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is such a beautiful store and a lovely place to linger in a balcony seat and enjoy a book. The collection is fabulous and the staff very helpful.

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“Amazing to see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

It's really not just a bookstore. When you walk in and look up and around, it takes your breath away. To be honest, I didn't check out the price of the books, so I can't vouch for the shopping value. But even if you don't want to go book shopping, this is a must-see. Absolutely stunning.

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“Gorgeous plaace to browse books”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is by far the prettiest bookstore I've ever seen. Even if you don't really need anything it's definitely worth a stop. The selection of Spanish language books is great and they had a huge kids area tucked away which our children enjoyed.

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