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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

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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You have to visit the old theater turn into a giant library. You can have a coffee en the stage near the piano many old records and books

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You have to visit the old theater turn into a giant library. You can have a coffee en the stage near the piano many old records and books

Thank BOUVET548
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love book stores. Before visiting this one, the best bookstore in my opinion was Kinokuniya in Singapore. El Ateneo doesn't have the variety you can find in the largest Kinokuniya's but the building and the gourmet coffee shop make it a very special place. A place that you don't want to leave. It has the magic atmosphere of a... More 

Thank Eduardo Guiller R
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

El Ateneo is located in the center of the city, on Santa Fee between Callao and Rio Bampa. You get quite surprised when you enter the bookstore. It's in on old beautiful theater. Tree floors surrounded by an beautiful interior and ceiling. At the end of the main floor is a cafe on the scene. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kristina H
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good books and nice to pass by them taking a look, but there isn't much to do there, but to look at the view.

Thank Niv B
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookstore in an old theatre is worth the visit even if you don't read Spanish. It is absolutely stunning and it's the first time I have ever taken photos in a bookstore. The only other bookstore I have been to that is as beautiful was in Oporto, Portugal. There is also a good-sized cafe. I spent hours here on... More 

Thank EricfromParis02
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found nice Vinyl records from 70s Argentine rock impossible to find anywhere else. I will for sure visit this store again when in BA.

Thank jjmurillo
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Buenos Aires has more Bookstores per person than any other city in the world. El Ateneo Grand Splendid mega bookstore is and old theatre converted in a modern bookshop. You need to visit this place, read a book and drink a coffee.

Thank Claudio H
Boynton Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't like reading, this is a must see building just for the architecture. An ex theatre that is a Grand Splendid! There is a coffee shop inside if you need a rest from walking.

Thank Diana2712
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This book store is located in an old theater building, it has 3 levels and a nice cafe. Up points are the building and the variety of books in Spanish. Downside is the cafe service that's a little slow and the selection of books in English.

Thank Tiffany B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to buy books and take a coffee! Feel very confortable there. Or if you prefer can take a ice creem in volta Just beside

Thank cyroroberto

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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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