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Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
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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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great bookstore in an awesome environment

Ateneo Grand Splendid used to be a a theater and cinema, and a very beautiful one. The whole structure has been conserved, especially the painted ceiling, by painter Nazareno... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ateneo Grand Splendid used to be a a theater and cinema, and a very beautiful one. The whole structure has been conserved, especially the painted ceiling, by painter Nazareno Orlandi. On the place where the stage used to be now there is a coffee store. Moreover the amount and quality of the books is the best. Make sure you save... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They have kept the charm of an old theatre and turned it into a wondrous book store. It makes you want to curl up on one of their corner reading rooms and stay there for the afternoon. (although most of the books are in spanish...the kids section was about my language level) I highly recommend checking it out, and its... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great building & an enormous amount of books & articles for sale. Even a café in this old opera house.

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Tvedestrand, Aust-Agder, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is definitely something you should see in Buenos Aires if you have time, but if you don't have time, don't fret too much. It's a beautiful book store in a beautiful theater. The books are on the expensive side. Worth seeing if you're looking to spend a lazy afternoon browsing books and sipping coffee in the cafe

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There you'll find all kinds of books in a beautiful old building There is also a coffee shop. Lectures and book presentations take place quite often.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This used to be a most splendid old theatre, but has now been taken over by an amazing book shop. Most of the books are in Spanish so just go for a look ! The ceiling is beautifully painted and just climb to the second floor and look down. It is a treat and completely free !!!! Well worth a... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

El espacio de un teatro convertido en librería desde el subsuelo hasta el techo. Es un imperdible en Buenos Aires. Permite quedarse leyendo e informándose, posee una cafetería interna y una zona para niños con actividades. Además venden música y películas en DVD/Blue Ray. Aunque no le atraigan los libros o la música no deje de ir. No es algo... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

How gorgeous. Worth the visit. Very cool old theatre transformed into a very cool bookstore. You can get a coffee and soak up the atmosphere or just browse the beautiful books on displayed. Very few English titles so don't be disappointed if you are looking to buy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Ateneo Grand Splendid was first built at the turn of the last century as a theater, and reused in present day as a bookstore. The beautiful design and row upon row of books for all ages and interests make for a unique cultural experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit- wonder through the aisles full of books, have a coffee and enjoy this wonderful place.

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