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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 most impressive book store in the world

Argentina has a lot yo offer in many respects: great sceneries, beautiful cities, arguably the best meat in the world but also one of the most amazing book store. El Ateneo is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Argentina has a lot yo offer in many respects: great sceneries, beautiful cities, arguably the best meat in the world but also one of the most amazing book store. El Ateneo is a gem, a unique place where culture, good taste, and nostalgia are combined in a single unit. A must if you visit gorgeous Buenos Aires

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Jaca, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Grand setting for a wide range of literary pieces. Nice cafeteria. Great just to be there, admiring the fine decoration and architecture.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is place that you must visit. It used to be a theatre that was converted into a bookshop. The stage is a coffee shop.

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most beautiful bookstore i have ever seen. Excellent children's section but a bit pricey. There is also a HUGE selection for adults and table to sit and read.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What to do with a grand old theater that no longer makes enough money to support itself? Re-purpose it! This bookstore is a marvel. As it is in Argentina, most of the books are, understandably, in Spanish. However, they do sell books in other languages, including English. They also sell CDs and maybe DVDs. Sit in the on-stage cafe and... More 

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old beautiful theatre turned into multi-tiered bookstore. The glamour is still there but with bookshelves instead of seating. Cafe is on the former stage. Most books are in Spanish so I just went to see the beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On Friday & Sunday late afternoons, there are musician playing live on a double bass and a piano. Have a drink at the cafe (former stage of the theatre) and enjoy the live music and gorgeous interior. Also saw artists painting on the upper level. Simple a gorgeous place filled with creativity and inspiration.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it is a beautiful former theater, it's just a book store. In today's virtual world it's surprising it is still in business.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was a live theater in the old days, converted not to a fabulous bookstore with a nice cafe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you just have to go to a place to experience it and this is one of those places. Pictures and videos don´t do it justice. I cant recommend it enough if you love bookstores and books.

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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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