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Address: Av Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 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 more beautiful bookstore in the world

It used to be an old theatre and is so big and awesome that you wouldn't believe is a book store, have chair to sit and red books, a coffee store inside and lots of greats book to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Lü C
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It used to be an old theatre and is so big and awesome that you wouldn't believe is a book store, have chair to sit and red books, a coffee store inside and lots of greats book to buy and read.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The building is impressive, definitely surprising to find a library in what used to be a theatre... this is a tourist visit and you should take it as such, I tried to buy a Buenos Aires guide and the variety was disappointing, only one local guide and none of the global big names... you cannot browse properly in between the... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Neat bookstore set up in an old theatre! Great book selection (mostly in Spanish, obviously, though they did have a number of English language travel guides) and a large Children's books area downstairs. They provide price scanners throughout the store, but the checkouts are the two small "ticket" windows at the entrance, so the line can get a bit long.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a place!!. Even if you will not buy a book, walk in a have a coffee sitting in the scenario. Do not miss if you are in Buenos Aires.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

it is among the 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world. the building was an old theater. magical place.

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honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't miss this awesome bookstore. What a clever idea. Helpful and knowledgeable staff are available to assist customers.

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Plover, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the most amazingly beautiful bookstore - it is located in what used to be a grand theater. The stage has been converted to a coffee shop; box seats are now reading nooks. But the ornate painted ceiling remains. We stopped for snacks in the coffee shop and the food was quite good (try the panqueques de dulce de... More 

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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Easy to find but I was expecting more. It is a beautiful bookstore but I did not find myself wanting to stay and wander.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This library is really worth your visit! Beautiful place and in a great neighborhood! The library is huge for you to buy books in Spanish, there's a coffee shop inside and the place is amazing to look and take pictures inside!

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Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Former theatre transformed into a bookstore, so tastefully decorated. The bookstore also has a little coffee shop.

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