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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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Book store in an amazingly beautiful theatre

A visit to Buenos Aires without visiting El Ateneo is not quite complete. It was once a movie theater, one can only imagine how it was back in the old days. Unfortunately they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A visit to Buenos Aires without visiting El Ateneo is not quite complete. It was once a movie theater, one can only imagine how it was back in the old days. Unfortunately they only have Spanish books.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A cab driver who had jazz playing in his taxi and who talked about Oliver Sacks told us how great this place was. I figured that since we had those interests in common, this bookstore would likely appeal to me as well. Yes, indeed it did. It is a wonderful place to browse and just enjoy your time, and the... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I used to go there when it was a movie theater. It has been recycled into an amazing bookstore. The area where the stage was is now a coffee shop. The balconies are separate reading areas. The bottom floor serves as a sort of exhibit/museum of the history of the area. The books are divided by area clearly. The architecture... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful space, great energy (and books) and neat café with good food and drinks where you can sit, sip and read.

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Radlett
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookstore is a must to visit. Originally a theatre, the size of it is amazing and must rate as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. The cafe - situated on the stage at the back of the building isnt too bad either. Delicious pastries!

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to visit this unique bookstore that used to be a theatre. It is a unique kind of bookstore; also has a very nice restaurant inside the premises. It is located in the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not miss it! Since I don't speak Spanish, I can't speak to the selection of the books. But I stayed here a long time just looking at the architecture. Amazing and a must see!

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore is aptly named-it's both grand and splendid, what has to be one of the most unique and beautiful bookstores ever. Converted from a theater or perhaps an opera house based on the configuration of the stalls, not only is there an enormous selection of books, there is a delightful coffee shop/restaurant on the stage. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Settled inside a historical building, this bookshop is one of the most beautiful and luxurious of the city. The combination between the existing architecture and the offer of books make this location amazing for visitors

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it is a wonderful place to find a huge amount of books, properly classified. It is an old theatre, very well maintained, quiet, clean, nice and so beautiful as an architectonic place

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