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Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
Phone Number:
+54 11 4813-6052
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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Blow your mind bookstore

The El Atheneo bookstore is a converted opera house/theatre. An original idea that somehow has worked to perfection. The lodges serve as reading rooms and the stage is the café. A... read more

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ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The El Atheneo bookstore is a converted opera house/theatre. An original idea that somehow has worked to perfection. The lodges serve as reading rooms and the stage is the café. A children's section has been added downstairs and is accessible by modern escalator. There is a small English section in the lobby of the former opera house. A must see... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's one thing to put a bookstore in an old theater, but it's an entirely different thing to keep the place well maintained, to have sections of books in the mezzanine and in the boxes, and to honor the history of the building while still using the space. It's a good place to wander around for a half an hour,... More 

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Baradine, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The city has a great job of restoring this beautiful theatre and giving it new life as a bookshop - where you can easily spend a day here and they have a nice cafe to top up the caffeine levels while you browse around. Well worth a visit.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Grand Splendid was a famous Santa Fe Ave theatre, dating back to those glam days of the '40s and '50s. With the slow decline of such megabuildings by the end of the century, this space revived as one of the most attractive bookstores in the planet, having preserved the stage, and the balconies. Good to get lost amid aisled... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just go and get you camera ready! This is a wonderful place, it was a theatre now is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I lived in front of El Ateneo for a several years and I used to go there to find peace, tranquility, and a place to read. Stay there is like to be in another timeline, with beautiful music sounding all the time. The personal is really cute and they know a lot. Its a very nice place to get aswell... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Are you the one who enjoys having a good reading in a great atmosphere? Here's the perfect place for you! This is a book store (and a coffee shop) located inside a former theatre. And while you get something to drink, you can walk around its aisles and pick a book (you don't have to buy it) Great plan If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This bookstore is gorgeous. It looks like a perfectly maintained theater with books on every level. The covers of the books add so much vibrance to the room. Although most titles are in Spanish, it is well worth a quick stop to see. This was one of our favorite stops in Buenos Aires. It's free, centrally located and absolutely breathtaking.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I hadn't been here in 25 years and I wanted to see if it survived as a bookstore. It is there in all its splendor. The building itself is worth the visit. There is also a fine selection of music by Argentine artists and this is a good place for books on the region. In the back of the store... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stunning architecture a theater in old days , tons of books, the perfect finding for an afternoon with yourself, take a coffee and invest some hours reading English or spanish. worth the visit!

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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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