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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

22,886 Reviews
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Buenos Aires’ neighborhoods each have a distinctive character from the historic barrios of San Telmo and La Boca, to the beautiful parks and plazas of Palermo and Recoleta, and the modern skyscrapers of Puerto Madero. This small-group tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, visiting all of the top attractions in just half a day.
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Gina G wrote a review Jul 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina3 contributions
This is the coolest bookstore ever. There's even a cafe in the stage area. It's so beautiful. Prepare to spend some time here because there's so much beauty to take in!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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ImmerWandern wrote a review Jun 2020
Palos Heights, Illinois6,608 contributions528 helpful votes
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It is not often that a bookstore is touted as a “must-see” but there are a few. Think Shakespeare and Company in Paris (bohemian to the core), Atlantis in Oia/Santorini (unfortunately closed on our recent visit to the island) and Livraria Lello in Porto (Portugal; on the list of places to visit). This Buenos Aires standout bookstore most definitely belongs on that list, a judgement supported by The Guardian newspaper as well as National Geographic. This structure did not start out as a bookstore but rather a live performance theatre, Teatro Gran Splendid, opening its doors just over 100 years ago in 1919. It screened Argentina’s first sound movies in 1929. Tango performances were also held at this venue. It fell into disuse and, in 2000, was finally in danger of being demolished. The El Ateneo publishing house fortunately bought the building, renovating it and repurposing it as a bookstore. The seating on the orchestral level was replaced by book shelves. The conversion process did well to preserve the Beaux-Art style ornate decor as well as the upper level theatre boxes from last century. The stage was turned into a small cafe (which also offered small savory dishes). There were quite a few visitors, many of whom seemed to locals actually looking to buy something. There was a small English-language section. Of course, the out-of-town visitors like us headed up to the upper floors to enjoy the amazing panorama of rows and rows of books - more like a library than a book store - in a theatrical setting. The music section was in the basement; we did purchase a CD of Argentine tango music. If you are in the area definitely drop by this splendid bookstore.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Shirley R wrote a review May 2020
Lemoore, California291 contributions112 helpful votes
to walk into this fabulous bookstore set in a theater....with areas for people to read in the theater "boxes"...incredible. Plenty of souvenirs to buy along the line of reading...loved this experience.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Agus wrote a review Apr 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina5 contributions
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A Stunning place! An amazing place for Book lovers. Not only you'll get the best books but also the best croisssants. Best bookshop I have ever been to.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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WImom wrote a review Apr 2020
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,185 contributions300 helpful votes
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Not written up as a highlight in many tour books, it is a beautiful former theater which has now turned into a bookstore. We did not buy any books but went here for the beautiful architecture. Very busy bookstore. In 2019, National Geographic named it the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Go on the various levels for different views. Free toilets.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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