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Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4813-6052
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores...

Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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One of the world's GREATEST bookstores

This bookstore is overwhelmingly beautiful -- one of the world's great meccas of books. Even if you don't read Spanish, go just to experience the store and have a coffee and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This bookstore is overwhelmingly beautiful -- one of the world's great meccas of books. Even if you don't read Spanish, go just to experience the store and have a coffee and sandwich in the cafe.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit in Buenos Aires. This is an enormous and beautiful library that used to be a theatre! If you love reading you have to go. It has also a dedicated kid’s space with tons of books for them.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building, totally worth the visit, but didn't find that many interesting books. I am usually a book junky and I only bought one (about Buenos Aires)! The neighborhood is also a good walk, definitely a must go.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A surprisingly beautiful and historic book store in Buenos Aires worthwile seeing it and also spend some time watching the intense movement of the shoppers in the nice cafeteria in the bottom of the store. It remainded me of the famous book stores of Oporto and Lisbon.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This book store used to be a cinema. Though all seats were removed the rest of the architecture remains. Beautifull paintings and balconies make the book store an interesting place to visit, wether or not you plan to buy a book. Also there is a nice coffee shop.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great stylish bookstore (former thater) where you can dive between books, and even read one in a comfortable place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely book shop that used to be a theatre. Let's just say that the 'Splendid' in the name is quite an accurate description. You can browse and have tea as well. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A unique library which maintains the architecture of the theatre it used to be. Just look up to the ceilings and you'll be speechless

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Years ago it was a cinema, now it's a complete book store. You can have a cup of coffee while looking up the last titles , the same your children.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This bookshop always makes it into the most beautiful bookshops of the world, for a good reason: it is a gorgeous store, with amazing inventory, in a recicled old grand cinema building. The two only setbacks I see are that the coffeestore, located on its old stage, is very dark and uninviting (probably so that customers don't lounge too much... More 

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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.
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