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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
+54 11 4813-6052
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Reviewed yesterday

At the end of the day, it's a bookstore, well stocked, cool cafe. But, it's in a reconfigured Old Theater, and what an amazing job they did. I would absolutely go if you are anywhere in the area.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Fun quick stop to get a nice experience in BA. Enjoyed going upstairs for the view of all the levels and books.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ptyviajeradelavida
Reviewed 2 days ago

From the moment I entered El Ateneo I was in love! Books telling a story in a place where stories are made. It's a very epic, awe inspiring book store. Of course the books were in Spanish..but I did find the Mafalda section was well...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sbenjamen
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely stop by if in the area. it is an excellent use of a former theater. There is also a cafe on the stage that serves coffee , drinks and desserts.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ACT80
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I usually go to the Library Ateneo Grand Splendid to spend time, read and take a coffee at the coffee shop at first floor. The building used to be a Theather in 1919. The top painting is an alegoric from peace to celebrate the end...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EugeSunshine
Reviewed 3 days ago

A gorgeous bookstore in an old theatre. If you're looking at this you've seen the pictures and it lives up to them easily.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dlanods
Reviewed 4 days ago

Easy to visit when in the area. You don't need a guide. Wonderful to walk in & soak up the atmosphere of the Old Theatre bookstore. There is a cafe at the rear of the bookstore.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TGBK58
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can read, rest, take a coffe and find wonderful books. The bookstore was a theatre and it conserves that look

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank araeme123
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This super book store embraces its surroundings and reinvigorates the theatre it lives in . Believe the hype.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Immune2it
Reviewed 6 days ago

not to miss it when you are in buenos aires, a former Theatre that´s been turned into a huge bookstore, I could spend hours there

Date of experience: July 2018
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turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude
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Av. Santa Fe 1860, 1123 - CABA Tel (011) 4813-6052 Open: Thursday 9:00 to 22:00 Friday 09:00 - 00:00 Saturday 09:00 - 00:00 Sunday 12:00 to 22:00 Monday 9:00 to 22:00 Tuesday 9:00 to 22:00 Wednesday 9:00 to 22:00
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